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Understanding Pathophysiology, 4e 4th Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0323049900
ISBN-10: 0323049907
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1194 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 4 edition (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323049907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323049900
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FOURTH Edition - Page 345- grossly sloppy error stating Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is associated with a 'slow-growing viruses.' Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is not associated with a virus or viruses!!!!! Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD, is not in any way associated with any virus, slow or otherwise. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is an infectious protein disease, a prion disease- a prion is an infectious protein, not a virus, ever!! CJD is a prion disease, infamous mad cow disease is a prion disease.

This error is kind of like explaining that the flu is caused by a brick. There is only one statement about CJD in the book, and it is dead wrong. And wrong in so many ways but I don't have time to thoroughly rant, we are having a quiz next week. Anyway CJD is of a unique disease type; those caused by infectious proteins - prions - in 1997 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Stanley Prusiner for discovering prions.

I don't believe this error is necessarily the chapter author's fault-I suspect it is a result of sloppy editing. Note-"Understanding Pathophysiology" is a lighter, butchered version of "Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children (Pathophysiology the Biologic Basis) - the description of CJD by the same chapter author is correct in the latter book. Overall "Understanding Pathophysiology" is painful to read, to me it's a hacked to death version of "Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children".

My apology for this ranting review. Please look up prions and dementia. (But not in "Understanding Pathophysiology"!!)
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I'm a practicing RN for the last 13 years. This book is req'd in my APRN patho class. I must say that all 40+ students hate this book. We have found MULTIPLE mistakes. Prime example: on pg. 363 the book is describing a scissor gait. It states, "The legs are abducted so they touch each other." This is just one of many outright mistakes the book makes. Also, the tests and quizzes provided to instructors have many blatant errors in the answer key (ie-the "correct" answer in the answer key is not necessarily the correct answer according to the text). Not to mention that the book often times is not in keeping with accepted and standardized medical and nursing practice. The book utilizes multiple anacronyms for common medical terms that I have NEVER seen used in actual practice. It will give the definition to these anacronyms once in passing and then only use the anacronym from that point on. You will not find the anacronyms in the glossary anywhere, so the reader is left searching back endlessly for the one passage where it describes the abbreviation. It also substitutes common medical terms for seemingly made-up terms, which I have also never heard used nor have I been unable to locate in any medical dictionary (Taber's, Mosby, you pick). The index and the glossary are utterly useless as they barely include any medical terms and reference pages for topics. The book jumps from one topic to the next without completely explaining each one and then it will skip back. It frequently duplicates information so readers get a serious case of deja vu. I'm also scratching my head wondering how anyone thinks the figures and diagrams are useful. The point of a diagram is that it should quickly and clearly illustrate what the corresponding passages explain. These do nothing of the sort.Read more ›
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I used this text in nursing school because my program required it (it was probably the cheapest deal the college of nursing could find). It is an AWFUL book! I was top of my class, SNA President, you name it; so I actually began reading this book the semester before we were going to be using it. I am glad I did because I knew I would never really learn anything from it. After the first chapter (I believe it dealt with genetics)I went to my Professor and asked if it was going to be as awful as it was for the entire book...and she said yes! She added that it was the worst Patho book she had ever taught from, but that the program required it and so therefore she had to recommend it. I decided that, because I actually wanted to learn Patho, to purchase another patho book and learn it that way. You will find yourself shaking your head and wringing your hands in frustration if you decide to read this text. Do not waste your time nor money!
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This was the package I needed for my class. Great price, besides the text book and study guide, it comes with a CD, and you can also log into their website (evolve) for free to review each chapter. Very well written, & easy to understand if you've had some previous knowledge of Anatomy and Physyology (I & II).
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Another Mosby's nightmare. Badly edited, poorly printed, low quality illustrations.
This book is difficult to follow - too much detail on biochemistry, yet less than adequate descriptions on disease.
Look up hypoglycaemia & you'll be chopping & changing between chapters, none the wiser at the end of it!
I preferred the much cheaper & easier to carry Merk Manual.
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I suspect the main reason people dislike this text is the organization,overwhelming amount of information, and intricate pictures. I was very wary on the purchase of the book because of these numerous negative reviews. But it's mandatory for my school so I had no other choice but to purchase it. Upon reading the first 4 chapters, I realized that many of the previous customers were right. However, I didn't agree with the extent of their dislike of the text. It's true this text had some problems. But you have to remember pathophysiology isn't an easy subject to master. I found the organization clear most of the time and easy to follow in the reading. Sure, some things felt misplaced and hindered the flow of reading but it was still good. The overwhelming amount of information thrown at the student each chapter proved that Huether knew her/her topics but they're not the greatest in explaining what was important and you're left with the feeling everything is. To remedy this, I suggest you purchase a patho guide like Professional Guide to Pathophysiology which really focused on the major diseases. Finally, I found the majority of the pictures weren't really helpful because it was too complex without enough explanation on what you were supposed to be looking at.
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