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This is the Eighth Edition of the comprehensive and well-respected text and reference of pathophysiology. As a nurse-physiologist, Carol Porth uniquely emphasizes "concepts" of altered health states, as opposed to factual descriptions of diseases and disorders. This conceptual model integrates the developmental and preventative aspects of health. By taking this physiologic approach, the author ensures a comprehension of the whole of body function. By integrating all of the aspects of the human body into a total functional whole, the student can grasp both the physical and psychological aspects of altered health.

This edition has a completely revamped art program and new displays that showcase pathophysiological processes though detailed visual representation. Other highlights include a greater international focus, expanded content on evidence-based practice and completely revised, updated chapters on genetics, disorders of white blood cells and lymphoid tissues, and innate and acquired immunity.

A bound-in CD-ROM and companion Website include Weblinks, an NCLEX® tutorial, a Spanish-English audio glossary, monographs of 100 most commonly prescribed drugs, over 30 Concepts in Action animations, 5 Clinical Simulations, and dosage calculation quizzes. An Instructor's Resource DVD-ROM and online instructor resources are also available.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781766166
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: North American Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1680
  • Sales rank: 393,224
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Concepts of Health and Disease

  • Concepts of Health and Disease
  • Concepts of Altered Health in Children
  • Concepts of Altered Health in Older Adults

Unit I ICell Function and Growth

  • Cell and Tissue Characteristics
  • Cellular Adaptation, Injury, and Death
  • Genetic Control of Cell Function and Inheritance
  • Genetic and Congenital Disorders v
  • Neoplasia

Unit I IIDisorders of Integrative Function

  • Stress and Adaptation
  • Alterations in Temperature Regulation
  • Activity Tolerance and Fatigue

Unit I VDisorders of the Hematopoietic System

  • Blood Cells and the Hematopoietic System
  • Disorders of Hemostasis
  • Disorders of Red Blood Cells
  • Disorders of White Blood Cells and Lymphoid Tissues

Unit V Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity

  • Mechanisms of Infectious Disease
  • Innate and Adaptive Immunity
  • Inflammation, Tissue Repair, and Wound Healing
  • Disorders of the Immune Response
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Unit V IDisorders of Cardiovascular Function

  • Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System
  • Disorders of Blood Flow in the Systemic Circulation
  • Disorders of Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Disorders of Cardiac Function
  • Disorders of Cardiac Conduction and Rhythm
  • Heart Failure and Circulatory Shock

Unit V IIDisorders of Respiratory Function

  • Structure and Function of the Respiratory System
  • Respiratory Tract Infections, Neoplasms, and Childhood Disorders
  • Disorders of Ventilation and Gas Exchange

Unit V IIIDisorders of Renal Function and Fluids and Electrolytes

  • Structure and Function of the Kidney
  • Disorders of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
  • Disorders of Acid-Base Balance
  • Disorders of Renal Function
  • Acute Renal Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Disorders of the Bladder and Lower Urinary Tract

Unit I XDisorders of Gastrointestinal Function

  • Structure and Function of the Gastrointestinal System
  • Disorders of Gastrointestinal Function
  • Disorders of Hepatobiliary and Exocrine Pancreas Function
  • Alterations in Nutritional Status

Unit XDisorders of Endocrine Function

  • Mechanisms of Endocrine Control
  • Disorders of Endocrine Control of Growth and Metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus and the Metabolic Syndrome

Unit XI Disorders of Genitourinary and Reproductive Function

  • Structure and Function of the Male Genitourinary System
  • Disorders of the Male Genitourinary System
  • Structure and Function of the Female Reproductive System
  • Disorders of the Female Reproductive System
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Unit XII Neural Function

  • Organization and Control of Neural Function
  • Somatosensory Function, Pain, and Headache
  • Disorders of Motor Function
  • Disorders of Brain Function
  • Sleep and Sleep Disorders
  • Disorders of Thought, Mood, and Memory

Unit XIII Disorders of Special Sensory Function

  • Organization and Control of Neural Function
  • Somatosensory Function, Pain, and Headache
  • Disorders of Motor Function
  • Disorders of Brain Function
  • Sleep and Sleep Disorders
  • Disorders of Thought, Mood, and Memory

Unit XIII Disorders of Special Sensory Function

  • Disorders of Visual Function
  • abbreviated table of contents
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    not a well organized book

    This book is difficult to use. I do NOT recommend it, especially for nursing. Information about conditions is spread and intertwined throughout multiple chapters. Either you miss important information or you spend a half hour searching for something you could have in 2 minutes with a better book. We need a book that gives us everything we need to know about a pathological condition in one place. Professors - everyone in my class hated this book. Do not use it for your class!

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