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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book presents current clinical information about a variety of disorders from common to more complex. Each chapter presents a different classification of disorders and includes descriptions. If the disorders include congenital anomalies, they are discussed initially.
Purpose: The purpose is to present information about specific disorders, starting with physiology and pathology, including signs and symptoms and treatment regimens. The book meets the objectives of the editorial staff and the contributing authors by covering each disorder in an organized manner.
Audience: The book is written for healthcare professionals from various levels and preparations. It is clearly written and can be used as a reference for all levels of students and healthcare professionals. The contributors are representatives from different fields of nursing and medicine, schools of nursing, hospitals and clinical settings.
Features: The 21 chapters cover specific disorders and include pathophysiology and physiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment regimens. The book presents a concise overview of the disorders and serves as a quick reference on the disease process. The subtitle, "An up-to-date encyclopedia of illnesses, disorders, injuries and treatments" presents a snapshot of the book.
Assessment: The eighth edition allows for revision and up-to-date information. This is useful as a reference in the clinical setting. The information is presented clearly and at an understandable level for a variety of healthcare providers. This type of reference is a must for a clinical unit.