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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This excellent book describes frequently encountered human diseases and disorders commonly seen in ambulatory care settings. It updates the third edition published in 2000.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book is carefully designed to meet the unique educational and professional needs of healthcare personnel. It also proves to be a valuable resource in libraries.
Audience: Written primarily for students and professionals in the ambulatory care setting, this book would be a valuable resource for all students and professionals in the healthcare arena. The authors are experts in their fields.
Features: The book can be broken down into two sections. The first contains seven chapters devoted to the disease process itself and its adjuncts including allopathic and common homeopathic treatments, pain and pain management, and infectious disease. The second section focuses on major disease conditions by body system with each disease condition systematically highlighted by description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment (including common homeopathies), prognosis, and prevention. The layout of each chapter is both innovative and outstanding, beginning with a chapter outline, keywords and pronunciation, and a list of learning objectives. Within each chapter, topics and subtopics are color coded. Teaching Tips factoids within the chapters add interest to the reading. Tables and anatomical graphics appropriate to the topic aid in student understanding. Each chapter concludes with several case studies and review questions.
Assessment: This fourth edition proves itself a worthy successor to the earlier editions. It takes the very complicated subject of disease and breaks it down to its various entities and therapies in a very student-friendly format. This is a highly recommended resource for health professionals in all fields and for all institutions which teach allied health professions.