Pocket Companion to Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease / Edition 7

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This pocket-sized resource offers rapid, portable access to the most important facts and concepts from Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th Edition. It is a superb source for quick answers to clinical questions, as well as an efficient review tool on any area of the field.

  • Assembles all of the key data and principles of pathology.
  • Presents information in a concise, at-a-glance format.
  • Fits into a reader's pocket, for convenient reference any time.
  • Offers abundant page references to the parent text, making additional information easy to find.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jason Swink(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is an update of a pocket reference to the Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: Three goals are presented in the preface: to facilitate the reading and comprehension of the more detailed presentations in the parent book by providing introductory overviews along with relevant page numbers referenced to the main text; to help students identify the core material that requires their primary attention; to serve as a useful tool for the review of a large body of information. These are worthy objectives, and the book meets them.
Audience: This book was written for medical students and residents. It is not targeted at any particular specialty. The authors are unquestionably authorities in the education of pathology.
Features: This pocket companion has a title long enough to foreshadow the mass of information in this physically small book. The authors have taken on the challenge of condensing the entire subject of pathology and they have succeeded, striking a balance between the small size and complete information. At more than 700 pages, and with small print, this is not the cursory overview implied by the term "Pocket Companion." It does, however, provide a great deal of information in a well-organized format. It matches the main text, chapter for chapter, with 20 to 30 pages dedicated to each 40 to 50-page chapter in the big book. There are certain uses for which the book might not be ideal. It simply has too much information to be used as an introduction to pathology, or a board prep resource for medical students. With this density of information, there is no reason for a medical student to bypass the main text for this pocket companion. With that said, there is a valuable use for this book. It is a wonderful resource to be used in a clinical setting. The portability, as well as the 80-page index, make it easy to carry and easy to find information. It doesn't sacrifice information, just print size and page thickness. Each section on a particular disease is intuitively laid out, with a nice flow. Each section includes page numbers for the main text, which might be of limited value. A person using the pocket companion as a portable reference would have to write down this page number for later use, which probably will not be necessary, since the main text has a comprehensive index of its own. To summarize, this pocket companion is a huge book in a small dense package. It has more information than a typical pocket book, and in fact probably has more information than a fair number of pathology textbooks. It will be a useful tool for clinicians who want complete pathology information at their fingertips.
Assessment: This book can only be compared with the others of its own series. It is of the same quality, just a more compact format.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721602653
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Series: Robbins Pathology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 4.08 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

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Table of Contents


1 Cellular Injury and Death

2 Acute and Chronic Inflammation

3 Tissue Renewal and Repair: Regeneration, Healing, and Fibrosis

4 Hemodynamic Disorders, Thromboembolic Disease, and Shock

5 Genetic Disorders

6 Disorders of Immunity

7 Neoplasia

8 Infectious Diseases

9 Environmental and Nutritional Pathology

10 Diseases of Infancy and Childhood


11 Blood Vessels

12 The Heart

13 Red Cells

14 White Blood Cells, Lymph Nodes, Spleen, and Thymus

15 The Lung

16 The Head and Neck

17 The Gastrointestinal Tract

18 The Liver, Biliary System, and Pancreas

19 The Pancreas

20 The Kidney

21 Lower Urinary Tract and the Male Genital Tract

22 The Female Genital Tract

23 The Breast

24 The Endocrine System

25 The Skin

26 Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissue Tumors

27 Peripheral Nerves and Muscle

28 Central Nervous System

29 The Eye


Please Note

Unless otherwise specified, all page references, including those following headings and those within the text matter, refer to Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th ed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011


    The book is in good condition but it takes almost 2 months to arrive (it's actually sent internationally)

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Highly recommended. I love this book!

    This is a great book to review course material in the first two years of medical school (or, I used it to pre-read the topics of up-coming lectures). It is also great to carry on the wards in years 3 and 4. Furthermore, unlike the Rapid Review of Pathology book by Goljan (which is written in outline form), this book is written in paragraph form so it reads very clearly without any ambiguity. An excellent review source before board exams!

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