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Professional Guide to Diseases Hardcover – February 19, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0781778992 ISBN-10: 0781778999 Edition: Ninth

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Product Details

  • Series: Professional Guide to Diseases
  • Hardcover: 1456 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Ninth edition (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781778999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781778992
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Womack on February 27, 2011
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When I started as an inpatient coder last fall, I got the Professional Guide to Diseases (PGD) to refresh myself on disease process and learn more about diagnostic tests and complications of diseases. A couple of years earlier, in my coding certificate program, I took a course on diseases, and I learned basic signs and symptoms as well as common treatments for a variety of diseases. However, when I began working as an inpatient coder, I realized that I needed more detailed information on disease diagnosis and treatment, and I needed to learn about complications and diagnostic testing. From the reviews of the book and the pages posted on Amazon, I decided that the PGD would fit my needs.
This book was an excellent refresher on signs, symptoms, and treatments. The textbook I had used in my disease course was written for allied health students, and it was a great teaching tool for medical coding students who had no clinical background. The information in the PGD on signs, symptoms, and treatments was exactly what I needed to freshen what I had learned in my course two years before. In addition, I wanted more in-depth descriptions of treatments than my disease textbook provided. In the PGD, both first- and second-line therapies for each disease are described, and this was the type of information I needed in my inpatient coding position.
Almost immediately after beginning the inpatient coding position, I also determined that I needed to learn about disease complications and diagnostic testing to be able to detect holes in physician documentation and formulate physician queries. The PGD's bulleted lists of complications fit perfectly into the study guide I was creating to learn major complications and co-morbidities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jinx L. Heath Finch on May 18, 2008
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I used previous versions of this guide to study in nursing school as the college disease manuals were too detailed. As a nurse, I use this manual not only for my own information and treatment of patients, but for patient teaching. Written in an easy to read, concise format, with symptoms, diagnostic information, and treatment protocols, I highly recommend this for the professional and the individual interested in having disease information readily available at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, esq. on May 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I skimmed through this book, so this review is certainly not as authoritative as the others here.

That said, I am mostly giving Diseases five stars, because it has far and away the best and most accurate description of the science on my disease, ME/CFIDS (p. 421), outside of books and journal articles devoted to ME. I almost dropped the book, it was so accurate, evidence-based and up-to-date on the science. Every other general medical reference is extremely inaccurate on ME. Thank you so much to the editors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best out of all my medical books. I am a EMT and a cardiovascular technology student, and it is my most used resource for everything. Definitely recommend to all health care students/professionals, especially nurses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Awesome book! Good reference to expand knowledge base. Very easy to read and follow disease processes. It lists causes, complications, signs/symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and special considerations for each disease.
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This is an excellent addition to my library of nursing books. Everything in the book is well organized and laid out. Information is easy to access and comprehend (provided you have medical background). Details are categorized and give the reader additional insight on diseases and conditions I have not found in my nursing books or online. Great for reviewing before a test or for use in creating a concept map/care plan.
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By J. Finn on February 18, 2012
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This book has nearly every disease under the sun. My College course called for this Guide but I love just sitting here reading through many of the diseases and learning treatments as well as signs/symptoms. Also, book came in timely, and in very good condition! Couldn't be happier.
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By C. Kesel on November 29, 2012
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This book (as many other Lippincott Wilcott and Wilkins) is a great reference guide for the student or professional. I've used this in my assignments and help a lot when describing diseases and their process, such as Gram + or Gram -, Eukaryote/Prokaryote, etc.
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