A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology / Edition 3

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Now in full color and thoroughly updated, this Third Edition is an indispensable resource for massage therapy students and practicing massage therapists. This best-selling guide presents detailed information on over 200 diseases and conditions, emphasizing how massage influences the disease and healing processes and how therapists can maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks.

The new art program features enhanced line drawings and full-color photographs of skin conditions ranging from mild to severe. A new appendix on medications explains how bodywork may influence the actions of various drugs.

A back-of-book CD-ROM includes a self-testing tool, animations demonstrating pathophysiology concepts, and audio pronunciations for medical terminology.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white and two-color illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This concise text presents content of most of the major conditions and illnesses affecting the major body systems. Each of the major chapters is organized similarly and includes chapter objectives, a review of the body system, a list of condition(s) discussed in the chapter, synopsis of the problem highlighted in a box, case studies, compare/contrast boxes, colorful artwork and pictures, indications and contraindication for massage, and review questions. Several excellent appendices cover history taking, hygiene, and medications.
Purpose: The author informs massage practitioners about pathology since they see many clients who are often using massage as part of an integrated health care treatment plan. A thorough education in anatomy and pathology will assist therapists in doing no harm and ensuring the safety of the public.
Audience: This book was written for massage students and practicing therapists and is well suited for both audiences. The authors represent many massage therapy teachers and practitioners in the United States and Canada.
Features: This text is especially student friendly in language and format. The color art and photography is excellent as well as entries called "in brief boxes" that highlight the most important features of the problem. Web resources and a companion CD featuring test questions, Q & A's, an audio glossary make this a derivative book. One issue is the datedness of many references in the chapters.
Assessment: Any pathology book must be updated frequently as science advances and this is no exception. This is an excellent book to begin one's journey of understanding of pathology in massage therapy.
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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN(Pace University)
Description: This concise text presents content of most of the major conditions and illnesses affecting the major body systems. Each of the major chapters is organized similarly and includes chapter objectives, a review of the body system, a list of condition(s) discussed in the chapter, synopsis of the problem highlighted in a box, case studies, compare/contrast boxes, colorful artwork and pictures, indications and contraindication for massage, and review questions. Several excellent appendices cover history taking, hygiene, and medications.
Purpose: The author informs massage practitioners about pathology since they see many clients who are often using massage as part of an integrated health care treatment plan. A thorough education in anatomy and pathology will assist therapists in doing no harm and ensuring the safety of the public.
Audience: This book was written for massage students and practicing therapists and is well suited for both audiences. The authors represent many massage therapy teachers and practitioners in the United States and Canada.
Features: This text is especially student friendly in language and format. The color art and photography is excellent as well as entries called "in brief boxes" that highlight the most important features of the problem. Web resources and a companion CD featuring test questions, Q & A's, an audio glossary make this a derivative book. One issue is the datedness of many references in the chapters.
Assessment: Any pathology book must be updated frequently as science advances and this is no exception. This is an excellent book to begin one's journey of understanding of pathology in massage therapy.
Rebekah Kalen Dubrosky
This is an excellent pathology textbook for the massage therapy student. It is a wonderful reference for massage therapists working in a traditional healthcare setting. This text presents fundamental information about common pathologies and the appropriateness of massage for each condition. It fills a badly needed hole in the education of massage therapists. The quick reference chart in Appendix 5 is an excellent resource for the practicing therapist. This textbook is meant for students studying massage therapy as well as those therapists already in practice. It contains a system-by-system review of common physiological disorders. It describes the action a massage therapist should take with each disorder. The summary boxes and Appendix 5 are excellent tools for the therapist in practice who is trying to determine a pathology or action to take for a particular pathology. I have not seen another book of this caliber geared for massage therapists. It is well organized and includes an excellent glossary and index. The objectives and the review questions make it a nice study tool.
Booknews
This book is for students and practitioners of bodywork who need to make decisions quickly and accurately about whether or not massage is appropriate for their clients. Provides a database of information on a variety of diseases and conditions, and discusses how massage may or may not fit into the healing process. Covers the basic physiology of body systems in health, then describes how these processes are interrupted when disease occurs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Following the order of most anatomy or physiology textbooks, this volume presents overviews of body systems and entries on pathologies with information relevant to the work of the practicing massage therapist. Each entry discusses, where applicable, the demographics of the disorder, its etiology and progression, signs and symptoms, and the applicability of massage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

5 Stars! from Doody
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Integumentary System Conditions

Chapter 2: Musculoskeletal System Conditions

Chapter 3: Nervous System Conditions

Chapter 4: Circulatory System Conditions

Chapter 5: Lymph and Immune System Conditions

Chapter 6: Respiratory System Conditions

Chapter 7: Digestive System Conditions

Chapter 8: Endocrine System Conditions

Chapter 9: Urinary System Conditions

Chapter 10: Reproductive System Conditions

Chapter 11: Miscellaneous Conditions

Appendix 1: Taking a Client History

Appendix 2: Hygienic Methods for Massage Therapy

Appendix 3: Client Endangerments

Appendix 4: Quick Reference Charts

Appendix 5: Medications

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Awesome book!

    I use this book all the time! Ruth makes it easy to understand what is going on and how I need to proceed as a therapist. I would recommend this book to every massage therapist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Pathology Professor States Poor Reference

    This book has many weak points and should not be used as an on the shelf reference book for pathology. Ok for a short course & maybe a quick introduction. Careful: If you follow the advise on tachycardia on page 291 you may cost someone their life! Obviouly someone who doesn't know pathology will not know good pathology after reading this book.......Move on!

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