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An Introduction to Human Disease, Sixth Edition is a clearly written and profusely illustrated text that takes a systems approach to presenting human disease. Specifically designed for students in the allied health and nursing fields, the text correlates structure and function disturbances, indicates how the disturbances cause the clinical manifestations of the various diseases, and discusses how these disturbances also initiate treatment. Though vastly updated, the text is still organized into two main sections: the first section covers general concepts and diseases that affect the body as a whole; the second section takes a systems approach, which details disorders typically affecting specific organ systems.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Jean Smith Temple
This is the fourth edition of this basic pathophysiology text. The book covers general concepts of organ function and disease process. The purpose is to provide a solid foundation in knowledge of structure and function of disease. The book meets those objectives at a very basic level. This is a much-needed text for those students who need the bare basics of specific disease processes. This book is designed for nursing and allied health students. The authors all have affiliations in clinical medicine and laboratory pathology and are thus well qualified to write in this area. In my judgment, the book is best suited to beginning-level students. Most of the illustrations presented are pertinent, but the book is perhaps underillustrated. Illustrations are in black-and-white, thus decreasing the maximum effectiveness of enhanced reading association. A color-plate atlas in the center of the book is very good. References are current and the table of contents and index are complete. The glossary covers most of the basic terms. This is a good book of basic structure and function in health and disease. It is well written at a basic, very understandable level. Libraries and bookstores should stock the books, and students studying basic fundamentals who need a basic knowledge of the content should consider purchase.
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Reviewer: H. Kathleen Dannelly, PhD (Indiana State University)
Description: A well-chosen cross section of the major diseases of the human body is presented. The first 12 chapters cover commonly used terminology, principles of disease and pathogenesis, genetics, microbiology, the immune response, and the elements of diagnosis. They are packed with information in an attempt to comprehensively cover each discipline and succeed in creating a review/refresher for the advanced student, but give the beginner too much information to grasp without previous knowledge of the subjects. The remaining 15 chapters cover diseases by systems of the body.
Purpose: The author achieves his goal of correlating structural and functional changes caused by disease.
Audience: The material is well suited for the audience of allied health professionals or as a precursor to the study of advanced mechanisms of pathology.
Features: The descriptions of etiology, clinical manifestations, and pathogenesis of the various diseases are accompanied by a wealth of exceptional surgical and clinical photographs, micrographs, and figures demonstrating pathological changes caused by the disease. In most cases, the correlation of clinical and pathological data is accompanied by diagnostic strategies and common treatments and therapies.
Assessment: The book is well constructed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students with basic knowledge of cell biology, genetics, microbiology and a keen interest in medicine. The second edition maintains the general format of the first while making important updates to keep pace with the rapidly growing medical field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763707279
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/27/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 797
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Table of Contents

1 General Concepts of Disease: Principles of Diagnosis 3
2 Cells and Tissues: Their Structure and Function in Health and Disease 23
3 Chromosomes, Genes, and Cell Division 47
4 Inflammation and Repair 69
5 Immunity, Hypersensitivity, Allergy, and Autoimune Disease 81
6 Pathogenic Microorganisms 105
7 Animal Parasites 137
8 Communicable Diseases 151
9 Cogenital and Hereditary Diseases 177
10 Neoplastic Disease 207
11 Abnormalities of Blood Coagulation 251
12 Circulatory Disturbances 267
13 The Cardiovascular System 285
14 The Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems 349
15 The Respiratory System 377
16 The Breast 413
17 The Female Reproductive System 435
18 Prenatal Development and Diseases Associated with Pregnancy 461
19 The Urinary System 501
20 The Male Reproductive System 541
21 The Liver and the Biliary System 553
22 The Pancreas and Diabetes Mellitus 591
23 The Gastrointestinal Tract 611
24 Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance 643
25 The Endocrine Glands 659
26 The Nervous System 693
27 The Musculoskeletal System 733
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