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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.
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.
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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