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Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 8th Edition [Print + CD] [Hardcover]

Carol Mattson Porth , Glenn Matfin BSc (Hons) MB ChB DGM
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October 3, 2008 0781766168 978-0781766166 Eighth, North American Edition

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.

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  • Hardcover: 1680 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Eighth, North American Edition edition (October 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781766168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781766166
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for advanced studies September 21, 2009
I'm an NP student so the study of advanced pathophysiology requires understanding different disease states from a cellular level to be able to fully integrate information you learned in pathophysiology back in undergraduate school. I also have Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Tortora & Derrickson (an absolutely excellent book) which I use in tandem with Porth & Matfin. I can definitely see the difference between the two. I use Tortora to get a good grasp of physiology and Porth for in-depth information - which, for example, will discuss alpha and beta chains of certain proteins, which is information you may not need to know as an undergraduate student. However, as a primary care provider, being able to know the disease process in-depth allows you to integrate information and have a full understanding of a disease as it differs from a normal homeostatic state. I wouldn't recommend this book for undergraduate studies as a sole text book, but do highly encourage it if you are in graduate school and want an extensive know-how of diseases.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Run away! July 21, 2010
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I'm knee deep in this book and it is a nightmare.

Vocab words are italicized, not bolded, making them difficult to spot when reviewing; very frequently they are not found in the glossary. You will need a medical dictionary while reading this book. The authors frequently reference diseases via acronym--before they explain what the disease is later in the chapter or later in the book.

There are very few charts comparing/contrasting diseases and there is a significant lack of flow charts. Considering this monster of a book is over 1600 pages, there are no multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter. The accompanying Study Guide has a few multiple choice questions, but not nearly enough. The book has so many different authors it's a crap shoot with each chapter...many are dry and dull.

By some miracle I have a "B" in my online pathophys class. I attribute it to: Pathophysiology: Reviews & Rationales (which happens to cite Porth frequently), Clinical Pathophysiology made ridiculously simple, and multiple study guides for other Pathophys textbooks.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Porth very "wordy" book June 28, 2010
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In an effort to guide the reader logically through patho, the book repeats itself many times and is very difficult to use. The online animations are low level. I found Guyton muuch easier to use. The book attempts to adresss both basic pathophysiology from a low to level then discusses specialty treatments that are beyond the scope of the book in some areas while lacking the needed depth in other areas. Excellent discussion of cardiology and hyperlipidemias.

Dipiro has a Pharmacology book tha tincludes a much deeper discussion of pathophysiology.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pathophysiology PC February 5, 2010
By crwebb7
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This pathophysiology book steps away from a straight up nuts and bolts kind you may have known in the past. I think a med school one would really be better. It encompasses lots of new research material. It is somewhat holistically and nursing oriented. If you want a book with a more societal impact of disease tone, this is the one. The major drawbacks about this book, if you have a choice, is that it uses lots of acronyms that are not indexed or in the glossary. Also it will state key words or phases that are likewise not in the glossary or index which is difficult when researching various topics. It will also make references to a topic and then state "this will be discussed in a later chapter". The content is comprehensive but poorly elucidated at times. I would recommend getting a good medical dictionary to accompany this text.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text June 10, 2009
By Nancy
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I bought this text as additional reading to a Pathophysiology course I am currently taking and I found it very helpful. The material is very well communicated in the text and the animated instruction online is excellent as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Included CD does NOT work in current Mac February 6, 2013
By Steve
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The CD included with the book is a PowerPC program - these types of programs have not been supported by the Mac OS for a few generations. Supporting disk will not work in current Mac computers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No page numbers in Kindle version October 3, 2013
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The Kindle version contains no page numbers. I still haven't figured out why Kindle doesn't include page numbers. It makes it really hard to correlate my homework assignments w/o that feature. The text is fine for what it is. It's a textbook afterall, verbose and repetitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Dora L. Whittaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Book looks great
Book arrived in good condition but package was literally falling apart!! What the heck??? Left a MESS in my house, on my clothes, and in my car when I picked it up! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Great text book, things are explained and demonstrated very well. Easy to follow, concepts are clearly explained. would like to find time to reread and review some areas.
Published 5 months ago by midwestnurse
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The pathology book was in excellent condition: cover, pages, writing, no highlighting...I was pleasantly surprised. Great product. Thank you.
Published 5 months ago by Stacie Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought the textbook...
in anticipation of taking the class which I wasn't able to do for health reasons but I still have the text book so there is nothing to stop me from learning on my own… when I'm... Read more
Published 5 months ago by beenblessed_nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Book arrived in an exceptional time. Came in a great condition, and Im very happy to have gotten it brand new for $40 since my school was selling it for 130. :)
Published 5 months ago by Jasmine
4.0 out of 5 stars textbook
I bought this book on the recommendation of my advisor. It was a lot bigger than I expected, but useful.
Published 5 months ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite...
I can't quite explain it: too much detail, yet not enough... ?? The book is very word-heavy, yet after reading and reading Istill feel like I haven't learned the important... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nellyda M. Anslow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for premed students, bio undergrads and the general...
This was a great resource for my intro to pathophysiology course. The information is useful on several different levels of intensity (ranging from minor interest, to requirements... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A student of History
5.0 out of 5 stars perfecct!
Great book, it was in perfect condition when I received it. CD was included as well. The book is very detailed and everything is well explained. A lot of information, very helpful!
Published 9 months ago by Christina
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