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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roxanne Pickett Hauber, PhD, RN (Georgia State University School of Nursing)
Description: This book presents pathophysiology affecting both adults and children, using a streamlined approach to address the key content regarding pathophysiology.
Purpose: The book was developed to offer a simplified, more elementary version of the authors' text Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children. The book is designed to highlight essential pathophysiology content in a basic and easy-to-understand manner.
Audience: Although the authors only specify faculty and students, it is my opinion that this book clearly targets baccalaureate undergraduate students.
Features: Of particular strength are the chapters in part 1 of the book that help move the student into a more conceptual approach to altered patterns in physiological function. In addition, the frequent use of well-delineated diagrams facilitates a concise presentation of material. Last, the "Did You Understand" section at the end of each chapter isolates crucial aspects of the chapter.
Assessment: This book is a more simplified version of the authors' excellent text. It is an excellent textbook for pathophysiology in baccalaureate nursing programs. Its frequent use of tables and diagrams makes for concise presentation, quick referencing, and excellent teaching aides. The "Did You Know" section at the end of each chapter cues the student to crucial points in the chapter. The content is written by individuals recognized as experts in their areas. The book is addressing a need in the field for a more conceptual approach to pathophysiology at the undergraduate level.