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Essentials of Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)) Paperback – February 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0781770873 ISBN-10: 0781770874 Edition: Second

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  • Series: Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Second edition (February 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781770874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781770873
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By greatgm on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a fine book from an author who collaborated with other writers to make a book that clearly explains the common diseases that disturb the human body and its organ systems.
What makes this book so good is that before the book discusses about the various diseases that affect the organ systems of the body, you get a preceding chapter that explains the physiology of that organ system when homeostatically normal. This allows the student a quick review and allows the student to compare the behavior of the organ system's state when it is healthy to when it is altered by disease. Additionally, this book comes with an excellent studyguide to help the student focus on what is important about the various diseases, syndromes and conditons that can make the body unhealthy. The CD that comes with this book is a great educational tool as well. The writers and the publishers of this book did a very fine job of making sure all the tools are in place to help the student appreciate and understand pathophysiology and its importance in the health field.
This book also has good color pictures of how various diseases look and flow charts of how the disease progresses or manifests.
The only problem with this book(a minor problem) is that some diseases are not discussed deeply enough. I think that since this is a pathophysiology book, it should go more indepth with the common diseases. An example is the disease glacoma. I'm not sure if it covers glacoma but if it did, it did not cover the signs and symptoms of it enough. It needs to focus on the mechanism of the disease on a cellular level as well as on an organ level. There are some diseases in which the signs, symptoms and diagnosis is well portrayed but the mechnisms are not.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MERCEDES TARONGOY on January 21, 2005
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This book gives you a good introduction to pathophysiology without being very technical. Even if you are not a medical professional, you will still grasp the concepts because the author gives simple but adequate definition of the disease and its underlying causes. I am a career switcher (switched to RN) and this book worked for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Long on November 16, 2006
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Extremely well written, well edited. Also includes the basic physiology so don't feel intimidated if you're not fresh on that. Well organized. Covers all aspects, such as normal versus "abnormal", pathogenesis, sequelae, pharmacology, etc. In short, it's very complete. Yet very readable. Of all my nursing and biology books, this is one of my favorites.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D.L. on March 22, 2009
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I don't suggest attempting to read an entire assigned chapter. It'll take you forever b/c there is so much detail. Instead, first look at the "Key Concepts", "In Summary", and "Understanding..." sections first. Then, go back and look at the sections you don't understand inside the chapter. However, I found myself going more to my microbiology and anatomy/phsyiology books for a less intense explanation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shmmr on September 15, 2008
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This patho book is VERY detailed, but has a wealth of info. In some cases I found it to be too detailed, lacking in others. Overall, a good reference book, easy to understand.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Sanabria on February 11, 2007
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This is a very well written book for a Pre- Medical student who has taken two serious chemestry courses, anatomy, physiology, biology, physics, and biochemistry. For a nursing student like my self this book is understandable, bur not at all practical for our needs. I suggest using a text book that emphasizes less the detailed occurance of bodily disease, but instead gives a basic understanding of the most common disease, the ramifactaions, interventions, and complications as it deals with nursing practice in real life terms. A doctor will need to understand full the processes in this book. But for a RN a more practical book is suggestable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smilez:) on December 19, 2012
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Maybe it was just me but I found this book very hard to follow. In the end I did not use this book at all b/c I could not follow it
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By Mr &Ms.H on July 22, 2013
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Required for nursing school. I have used it a little but not as much as I have used Google. A little difficult to find some of the content you are looking for.
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