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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: H. Kathleen Dannelly, PhD (Indiana State University)
Description: The release of the 6th edition of this pathophysiology book comes on the 20th anniversary of the first publication of the comprehensive text.
Purpose: The objectives of this edition, to update information throughout, to improve accuracy, and to cover several new topics, are met.
Audience: Written for the undergraduate, this book is also appropriate for graduate students in nursing specialties and other medical disciplines. Students will find that it is an invaluable resource that they will want to refer to for years to come.
Features: The author has achieved her goal of writing a book that would teach as much normal physiology as abnormal; it provides an accurate source of normal physiological function with the necessary background to allow a complete understanding of the aberration. Three new topics have been added: sleep disorders, neurobiology of thought, and mood disorders. Also new in this edition, each chapter has a list of Web addresses for further information and key concept boxes throughout to help keep the student oriented. Especially notable features are the abundant figures and excellent artwork that improve comprehension of difficult topics.
Assessment: This textbook may not find an audience in survey-type undergraduate courses, but it is an excellent, broadly comprehensive book that covers a wide range of topics with a fair amount of detail.