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Understanding Pathophysiology, 4e [Hardcover]

Sue E. Huether RN PhD , Kathryn L. McCance RN PhD
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November 14, 2007 0323049907 978-0323049900 4
This easy-to-read textbook provides you with the basic concepts of pathophysiology and the processes of specific diseases with the most accurate, up-to-date information on the treatments, manifestations, and mechanisms of disease. Understanding Pathophysiology, 4th Edition offers complete coverage in clear and concise detail with extensive full-color illustrations to make learning pathophysiology easy.
  • Consistent presentation of each disease includes pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and evaluation and treatment to make remembering and learning information easier.
  • Extensive collection of 900 photographs and illustrations vividly illustrate normal anatomy and physiology, cellular mechanisms, disease processes, and clinical manifestations of disease.
  • UNIQUE! Health Alert boxes discuss a broad range of topics from new research, diagnostic studies, preventative care, and more.
  • UNIQUE! Quick Check questions at the end of major sections promote critical thinking to help you apply your knowledge to real-life situations.
  • UNIQUE! Risk Factor boxes illustrate the risk factors associated with specific diseases.
  • Pediatric content presented in nine separate chapters provides thorough coverage of how various disease processes specifically affect children.
  • Special headings highlight aging content within adult chapters to help you address the specialized needs of older patients.
  • Did you Understand? end-of-chapter summaries help you review the major concepts presented in each chapter.
  • Disease pathways throughout illustrate normal and compensatory physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Includes extensively updated content based on the most current research available.
  • Approximately 200 new full-color drawings, as well as hundreds of improved illustrations, clarify concepts to make content more easily understandable.
  • Over 50 new Health Alert boxes present the most current research available.
  • Electronic Resources listed at the beginning of each chapter direct you to additional materials on the companion CD and Evolve site.
  • A glossary of over 850 terms helps you learn the often-difficult terminology related to pathophysiology.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1194 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 4 edition (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323049907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323049900
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter disappointment! February 23, 2008
Format:Hardcover
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mad cow disease is NOT viral! August 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pathophys June 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST Patho Book in the history of Patho Books!! December 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage April 22, 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really, really hated this textbook... December 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I was required to buy this textbook and the online access code for my Pathophysiology class and found it to be a giant waste of money. I read the first two chapters and ditched the book for one called Atlas of Pathophysiology and used that for the entire class. Online access material is an even bigger waste of time/money. I used the first chapter review module and never used it again for the remander of the course. I did not feel it helped students understand the material any better than what is provided in the book.

I'm not surprised other reviewers found glaring errors in the textbook. From the short bit of drivel I read, I found the text to be written by that of a narcissist rather than an actual educational author. If you really want a good patho book I recommend both Atlas of Pathophysiology and The Handbook of Diseases.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Patho book
I really enjoyed my pathophysiology class and knew that this would be an asset to own instead of just renting. Very helpful in nursing.
Published 1 month ago by Jerri Wanielista
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was quite impressed with the price of this book and the condition in which it was. I was excited to see it also came with the CD which I wasn't expecting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by April Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
perfect thank you very much. no issues what so ever. perfect thank you very much. no issues what so ever. all good with order, shipping, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bryan baldasaro
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
Doesn't explain in detail of any disease. I rather use info from the internet to do my papers with. This is one piece of crap!!!
Published 7 months ago by kingofjungle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This product is more than I expected, it is interesting reading and organized in a way that is understandable with many pictures to further emphasize learning.
Published 9 months ago by Marna
3.0 out of 5 stars school
I was forced to get this book for school. It's a pretty interesting read, I'm glad I got it so cheap because I only used it for one semester. It had water damage
Published 12 months ago by Elyse Elmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book appeared almost
Brand new and was in good shape. No writing in it and no loose or defective pages.
Published 22 months ago by Med
5.0 out of 5 stars pathophys book
Excellent book for any pathophys class at any level. Provides mass amounts of information on any disease from a simple cold to melanoma. Read more
Published 23 months ago by steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Text book
I bought this book as new but when I received it, it had pencil markings in many places. Definitely not new.
Published 23 months ago by Barbara J. Ginali
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
Delivery was fast, but the book had an incredible amount of highlighting. I actually barely used the book for the class. I just used it as a reference a few times.
Published on February 25, 2012 by Domenico
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