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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is the fourth edition of an introductory pathology book that covers both general and systemic pathology. It revises the 2006 edition.
Purpose: It is intended for healthcare students whose curriculum requires an introduction to pathology. It is presumed the students would be concurrently taking or have already taken an anatomy and physiology course. Given the popularity of this book, the author unquestionably has met his objectives.
Audience: Intended primarily for students in the nursing and allied health professions, the book has proven to be a valuable resource for students preparing to become pathology assistants, physician assistants, pharmacists, veterinarians, or other healthcare professionals. The author is unquestionably an expert in his field.
Features: The 23 chapters are grouped into two major sections covering general pathology and organ system pathology with an emphasis on systemic pathology to meet the requirements of most college/university curricula. Each chapter is self-contained and begins with a chapter outline, key terms and concepts, learning objectives. New terms are italicized and the text is peppered with illustrations, images, tables, and "Did you know" boxes to reinforce key concepts. The chapters end with review questions, but I was unable to locate the answer keys. Other than the answer keys, the book is thorough, concise, and easy to read.
Assessment: I reviewed the first edition of Dr. Damjanov's book in 1996 and it has evolved into a classic. It is highly recommended for all university/college libraries, as well as public libraries.