Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions / Edition 5

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Prepare for the changing healthcare field with current disease pathology information and ICD-10-CM codes for more than 500 commonly encountered conditions with Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions, 5th Edition. Consistently organized and easy to read, this portable, practical reference provides the comprehensive disease information you need to successfully perform common clinical and administrative medical assisting responsibilities you'll encounter in the physician's office, including telephone screening, taking patient examinations, understanding diagnostic and treatment procedures, assembling patient education programs, and more.

Enrichment boxes relate disease information to everyday practice.
ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes included for each disease entry provide valuable practice looking up codes and illustrate differences between the two code sets.
Current information on the most commonly encountered clinical disorders is presented in small segments for easier understanding.
Full-color illustrations clarify difficult concepts.
Consistent coverage for all diseases walks you through each step of patient care and treatment, including:

• Description

• Symptoms and Signs
• Patient Screening UNIQUE!
• Etiology
• Diagnosis
• Treatment
• Prognosis
• Prevention
• Patient Teaching

Pharmacology appendix details drug names, therapeutic objectives, side effects, and general comments for commonly prescribed drugs.
Alerts highlight safety precautions for physician-based practice.
Review Challenges reinforce content and reveal areas requiring additional study.
Real-life Challenges test your ability to apply chapter content to real-world cases.
Internet activities on the companion Evolve site broaden your understanding and direct you to additional information available online.

NEW! H1N1 influenza coverage alerts you to related dangers you may encounter on the job.

NEW! ICD-10-CM codes for each disease prepare you for the October 2013 implementation of the new code set.

NEW! Icons direct you to corresponding learning exercises and additional information on the companion Evolve site.

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

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Editorial Reviews

LouAnn Schraffenberger
The book intends to simplify current medical information about the more common clinical disorders encountered in the healthcare field. The purpose is to allow students to have a better understanding of clinical disorders. The advantage of this leads to (1) better understanding of the effects of disease on the body, (2) increased communication skills within the healthcare team, and (3) personal and professional education. According to the authors, medical assisting, medical transcription, insurance coding, and other allied health students who have had an introduction to anatomy and physiology and medical terminology will find this study of disease interesting and informative. The authors are registered nurses and instructors in allied health programs within a technical college. Each disease entity is presented in a format that discusses the nature of the disease according to symptoms and signs experienced by the patient, etiological factors, diagnosis, and treatment options. Each of the 15 chapters begins with a brief review of the normal functions of the appropriate body systems and is reinforced by numerous illustrations. This easy-to-read text describes the diagnosis and treatment of several hundred commonly occurring medical conditions. The many illustrations help the reader better understand the disease or trauma. The book would be a good text for allied health students and an excellent reference for medical assistants, coders, billers, medical transcriptionists, secretaries, and court reporters.
Joyce Melius
This encyclopedic textbook is a source of comprehensive information about diseases and conditions for paraprofessional students and instructors. The purpose is to provide basic, comprehensive information about common diseases and conditions for better understanding. The authors also provide information for instructors to supplement teaching. The intended audience is paraprofessionals such as medical assistants, medical transcriptionists, insurance coders, or other allied health professionals who havethe need for basic human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology knowledge. This book contains an encyclopedic review of common diseases. The diseases are categorized by systems. The chapters are organized with a content outline, learning objectives, and key terms at the beginning. Each disease listed in the chapter has clear headings dividing out signs and symptoms, etiology, diagnoses, and treatment. The book has excellent color illustrations, diagrams, and photographs. At the end of the book there is a glossary of terms and an appendix describing common laboratory and diagnostic tests divided by systems. I would recommend this book for teaching and reviewing basic disease information. It is an excellent textbook for paraprofessional students. It would also be useful as a handy reference for medical office personnel and for those in patient teaching. The book is well organized with beautiful color illustrations, clear color photographs, and easy to read content with clear headings to help when looking information up quickly.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Susan A Johns, AAS (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is the fourth edition of an outstanding, easy to read, concise overview of human diseases and conditions.
Purpose: This encyclopedic, but simplified handbook includes comprehensive information about hundreds of diseases in an orderly and easy to comprehend manner.
Audience: This revised edition is a stimulating and practical textbook for students, as well as a valued reference for healthcare providers in any type of medical setting.
Features: Each chapter starts with a brief overview of a specific body system that is reinforced with clear illustrations. Important pathologic mechanisms are also explained and illustrated, followed by a presentation of a disease entity with discussion of signs and symptoms, patient screening, etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, prevention, and patient teaching.
Assessment: This fourth edition is excellent. The authors go to great lengths to present this traditionally difficult material in easy to understand concepts. I highly recommend this book. It would be a valued resource in any medical or college/university library.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437724080
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 936
  • Sales rank: 74,141
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly-Department Chair, Health and Human Services Division, Program Chair, Medical Assisting Program, Ivy Tech State College, Fort Wayne, IN

Formerly-Associate Faculty, Ivy Tech State College, Northeast, Fort Wayne, IN

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Table of Contents

1. Mechanisms of Disease, Diagnosis, and Treatment 2. Developmental, Congenital, and Childhood Diseases and Disorders 3. Immunologic Diseases and Conditions 4. Diseases and Conditions of the Endocrine System 5. Diseases and Disorders of the Eye and Ear 6. Diseases and Conditions of the Integumentary System 7. Diseases and Conditions of the Musculoskeletal System 8. Diseases and Conditions of the Digestive System 9. Diseases and Conditions of the Respiratory System 10. Diseases and Conditions of the Circulatory System 11. Diseases and Conditions of the Urinary System 12. Diseases and Conditions of the Reproductive System 13. Neurological Diseases and Conditions 14. Mental Disorders 15. Disorders and Conditions Resulting from Trauma Appendix I: Common Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests Appendix II: Pharmacology Glossary


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