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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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. "