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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a consolidated and modified version of the author's very successful textbook, An Introduction to Human Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology Correlations (in its ninth edition as of this review). This is an update of the 2009 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to appeal to allied health students who have limited time to master basic disease concepts, but despite these time limitations, want to learn the essential structural and functional characteristics of common and important diseases as well as principles of diagnosis and treatment in a user-friendly, non-intimidating manner. To accomplish these objectives, some diseases discussed in the larger textbook had to be eliminated or reduced in content and other items were added to appeal to students. In addition, the format was modified to encourage students to take an active role in their learning process. Although Essentials may be a largely edited version of its bigger brother, it is still jam-packed with concise but well-written information.
Audience: This book is written for healthcare students who have limited time to master basic disease concepts.
Features: Each chapter begins with learning objectives followed by a brief review of anatomy and physiology of the organ system. The book provides a systematic survey of the pathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and principles of treatment of specific diseases. Key terms are bolded and numerous images, tables, illustrations, and case studies illustrate the text. Each chapter ends with a chapter review, questions for review, supplemental reading (references), and interactive activities. This edition contains updates on ultrasound, HIV, the latest data and statistics, and includes new information on renal transplantation and BMI data from the USDA. The book also features an online companion.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, with an appealing layout and easy-to-read format. This would be a valued asset in any program requiring a short course in physiology, and would be a terrific resource for public and college/university libraries as well. With the sad and recent passing of Dr. Crowley, it is hoped that new authors will continue with future editions of this excellent book.