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From The CriticsReviewer: Joan Stachnik, PharmD, BCPS (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book provides a concise overview of the pathophysiology of major disease states with application of concepts to pharmacy.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide pharmacy and other health science students with a book specific for pathophysiology. The author focuses on disease-specific topics and has tried to avoid repeating information that would have been taught in other courses, such as physiology. The author has met his objectives.
Audience: The book is written for pharmacy/health sciences students, but can be used by any healthcare practitioner in need of a concise review of the pathophysiology of major disease states.
Features: The book covers the pathophysiology of major disease states and organ systems, including cancers, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and renal and endocrine diseases. Also included is an overview of the mechanisms of cellular injury and immune response. Each chapter has a list of study objectives, highlighting the major concepts of the chapter for the student. Information is presented in almost an outline format, with numerous bullet lists and tables. These features make the book easy to read. The book, however, does not provide an in-depth discussion of the topics.
Assessment: This is a concise review of the pathophysiology of major disease states and organ systems. It would be a useful reference for students as well as healthcare practitioners in providing basic information on diseases. It does not (and is not intended) to take the place of a more comprehensive, in-depth book on the topic.