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Portable and comprehensive, Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions, 3rd Edition, presents all the information you need on pathology. This indispensable textbook and reference describes how each body system functions... why certain health problems these conditions are identified...and how they are treated. Featuring an encyclopedic format with hundreds of superb full-color illustrations and photos, Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions presents invaluable information on the diseases and conditions that are seen most frequently in the medical office. It also offers reliable information on patient examination, diagnostic and treatment procedures, telephone screening, and patient education for each disorder.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416047148
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/23/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (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 1
2 Developmental, congenital, and childhood diseases and disorders 35
3 Immunologic diseases and conditions 107
4 Diseases and conditions of the endocrine system 147
5 Diseases and disorders of the eye and ear 177
6 Diseases and conditions of the integumentary system 223
7 Diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system 265
8 Diseases and conditions of the digestive system 313
9 Diseases and conditions of the respiratory system 378
10 Diseases and conditions of the circulatory system 422
11 Diseases and conditions of the urinary system 500
12 Diseases and conditions of the reproductive system 534
13 Neurological diseases and conditions 599
14 Mental disorders 643
15 Disorders and conditions resulting from trauma 695
App. I Common laboratory and diagnostic tests 745
App. II Pharmacology 765
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Not for the weak minded or stomach

    Good resource for those entering the Health information technology field. This will be useful in the RHIT & CCS exam as well. The book I obtained unfortunately had extra pages in chapters noticed after the two weeks after purchase so made navigating study referrences a little difficult at times.

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