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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This consolidated and modified version of the author's Introduction to Human Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology Correlations, 8th edition, covers the essential structural and functional characteristics, diagnosis, and treatment of common and important diseases.
Purpose: It is intended for allied health students who have limited time to master basic disease concepts and who want material presented in a user-friendly, nonintimidating manner. To accomplish these objectives, the format was altered so students would take an active role in the learning process. Although this may be a significantly edited version of its bigger brother, it is still jam-packed with concise and well-written information.
Audience: The book is written for allied health care students.
Features: For the most part, each chapter covers an organ system, a disease family, or nutrition and begins with learning objectives and an introductory review of the anatomy and physiology of the topic. It then transitions to the pathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment. Most pages have a unique semicircular area on the edge depicting new terms that appear on the page. Color illustrations, figures, and tables appear throughout the chapters. "A Closer Look" boxes discuss important physicians and scientists who contributed to diagnosis and treatment of particular diseases. Each chapter ends with a chapter summary, critical thinking review questions, and references for supplementary reading.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. This would be a valuable asset in any program requiring a short course in physiology and would be a terrific resource for public and college/university libraries as well.