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Human Diseases: A Systemic Approach (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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Reviewer List


James Aumer, MS, C(ASCP)

Program Director, Department of Medical Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York


Carole Berube, MA, MSN, BSN, RN

Instructor, Health Sciences

Bristol Community College

Fall River, Massachusetts


Glenn Bower, BA, MS, Ed

Department Coordinator, Mortuary Science

Cypress College

Cypress, California


Paula Cantwell, BS, RN, BSN, MA

Associate Professor, Technical Science Department.

New England Institute of Technology               

Warwick, Rhode Island


Michael P. Covone M.Ed., RT(R), CT

Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania


Debra Downs, LPN, RMA

Program Director, Medical Assisting

Okefenokee Technical College

Waycross, Georgia


Ruby Fogg, MA/MAT

Professor, Math and Science

New Hampshire Community Technical College

Manchester, New Hampshire


Suzanne B. Garrett MSA, RHIA

Associate Professor, Health Information Management

Central Florida Community College

Ocala, Florida


Rebecca Gibson Lee, MSTE, CMA, ASPT

Professor/Program Director, Medical Assisting Technology

The University of Akron

Akron, Ohio


Karen E. Gieseker, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia


Naomi S. Greenberg, OTR, MPH, PhD

Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assisting

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York


Sandra Johnson, RHIT

Instructor, Health Information Technology

San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico


Cherie Mattson, CMA, LPN

Instructor, Medical Assisting

Ridgewater College

Willmar, Minnesota


Ryan D. Morris, BS, MS

Instructor, Life Sciences

Pierce College

Lakewood, Washington


Brigitte Niedzwiecki, RN, MSN

Program Director, Medical Assisting

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Pamela K. Terry, Ph.D., CHES, CADP CIPS, FASHA

Associate Professor, Health Sciences

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois


Connie Werner, RHIA, MS

Coordinator, Healthcare Coding Program

York College of Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania


Judy Williams, PhD

Professor, Biological Sciences

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Durant, Oklahoma


Kari Williams, DC

Program Director, Medical Office Technology

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Preface WELCOME TO THE FIFTH EDITION This thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition of Human Diseases: A Systemic Approach continues to meet the needs of instructors and students who have used its previous four editions, but has been revised to meet the changing needs of students and instructors by including new pedagogical features to enhance student learning. This edition includes a robust teaching/learning package that features a full range of multimedia tools for both students and instructors. Like the previous editions, this text is written for students entering allied health careers and for students interested in learning the fundamentals of human disease. It embraces the ideas of the original author, the late Dr. Mary Lou Mulvihill, whose vision guided and inspired us as we revised this text. Although the changes in some places are numerous and extensive, instructors will recognize Mary Lou's original purpose and organization. We believe the revisions will serve to greatly enhance understanding of human disease basics. TEXT ORGANIZATION The text is divided into three parts. Part I, Mechanisms of Disease, introduces important terminology, the study of disease, inflammation and allergy, neoplasia, heredity and disease, dietary factors and disease, and includes a new chapter, Infectious Diseases. Part II, Diseases of the Systems, introduces students to the major diseases associated with each body system. Part III, Stress, Aging, and Wellness, discusses the role stress and aging play in health and disease. Students are also introduced to the concept of wellness. CHAPTER REVISIONS In contemplating our plans for the revision we studied every word, figure, photograph, and chart. Changes in some areas are minor, in others extensive, and in some cases, passages were completely rewritten to better facilitate student understanding. Chapter 3, Infectious Diseases, is new to this edition. This chapter discusses the nature of infectious disease and provides a framework for learning about the specific infectious diseases discussed throughout the text. It includes discussions of antibiotic resistance and emerging infectious diseases, which are of considerable medical importance. Some passages, such as those on tuberculosis and pneumonia (Chapter 13), benefited from complete rewriting. Other passages, such as those on cirrhosis and jaundice (Chapter 12), were improved through careful editing and updating. The text was scrutinized for currency and was carefully updated throughout (see AIDS/HIV discussion in Chapter 2). Figures and photographs were added, deleted, or improved to comprise over 100 photographs. Over 150 full color line drawings illustrate and explain many difficult concepts. Revised and new charts throughout the text organize complicated information for students. ENHANCEMENTS TO THE FIFTH EDITION Each chapter opens with an expanded Outline and with Student Objectives. Key terms are highlighted and appear in boldface when first introduced and a pronunciation guide appears in the margin for key terms where they are introduced. The end of each chapter contains a revised set of study questions as well as study aids. Each chapter also includes the following pedagogical aids to facilitate student learning:

Side by Side photographs and art depicting normal and diseased organs and tissues are included in each systems chapter. Fact or Fiction? at the opening of each systems chapter questions popular wisdom and helps students debunk myths. On the Practical Side offers useful health tips throughout the text. Epidemiology: Diseases by the Number provides data that gives perspective on the incidence and importance of certain diseases. Prevention Plus! offers sound advice on disease prevention throughout. Diseases at a Glance charts summarize each chapter's diseases and their signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. TEACHING/LEARNING PACKAGE For the Student

Companion Website (grenhall/mulvihill) Tied chapter-by-chapter to the text, the Companion Website provides interactive student quizzes, complete with instant scoring and immediate user feedback, links to resources on the web, and case studies. CD-ROM Provides interactive activities organized by chapter, anatomy exercises, links to useful websites and an audio glossary of all key terms in the book. For the Instructor

Instructor's Manual (0-8385-3691-3) Contains lecture outlines, discussion questions, multimedia resources and a printed version of the testbank. Test Manager (Win, 0-13-032388-8; MAC, 0-13032389-6) Computerized test manager contains approximately 500 questions in a customizable format. Instructor's PowerPoint CD-ROM (0-13-032738-7) Over 200 color illustrations from the text are available for projection in the classroom utilizing PowerPoint. Companion Website (prenhall/mulvihill) In addition to the student resources, the site links to appropriate online resources and provides a Syllabus Manager for instructors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: Human Diseases
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131527495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131527492
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cassandra R. Grady on July 12, 2009
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This book is what I needed for my online course with the University of Phoenix. This gook give good details about the human disease and explains everything to the tee. Thank you.
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This book showed up pretty fast and was in good condition as promised.
I'm in online-college and instead of printing everything off or reading from my
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I had to use this book for my college course. I did have the option to print the book off from my school website but I prefered to have the book instead. The book I ordered was the same book that was need for my course. I was very pleased because I thought there may be a few differences. To my surprise, it was not different. This book has helped me out not only for my college course, but I have it for any future references I may need when I get my degree.
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I personally think this book has very good information for the calss I am taking. I love how it has a cd that sounds out the words and uses them in sentences so you have a better understanding of words. There are test at the end of each chapter to prepare you for your finals ! After 5 week of taking my class I have a 100% thanks to ordering the book !
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New book, exactly want I wanted for the course I was taking.

Explanations of material presented was clear.
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For any nursing students who needs help with Pathophysiology, I would recommend this book. It is a simplified version of what's in your Pathophysiology text book. It has charts of different diseases by body systems and their sign & symptoms, etiologies and treatment. It has been very helpful for myself and some of my classmates.
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