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Essential Pathophysiology for Nursing and Healthcare Students

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’This book would be suitable for any healthcare student who needs an understanding of the concept of pathophysiology’

Title: Essential Pathophysiology for Nursing and Healthcare Students

Author: Ann Richards and Sharon Edwards

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education

Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

What was it like?

Pathophysiology is the term used to describe changes at cellular level caused by disease or injury. Healthcare professionals need an understanding of cellular biology as well as anatomy and physiology to understand how normal bodily function is affected by disease processes.

This detailed but accessible book covers this subject in sufficient depth to give a good understanding of the topic without becoming overwhelming.

It is arranged logically with the first six chapters covering cellular physiology and the interactions undertaken at this level. The following chapters then cover the systems of the body and the development of many common diseases associated with them. The book is well laid out and the physiological processes are described in a straight forward manner.

What were the highlights?

Each chapter is clear and follows a logical format. Bullet points are used throughout so the volume of information is covered in a concise manner. There are numerous headings and subheadings as well as flow charts, diagrams and tables. Complex concepts are illustrated with case studies and practice points, which enable the reader to link theory to clinical situations and their own practice.

Strengths & weaknesses:

At the beginning of the book are several clear tables containing pathophysiology definitions, prefixes and suffixes, which are invaluable for those learning medical terminology. At the end of each chapter is a short conclusion followed by really useful self-assessment questions and an up-to-date reference list which incorporates current guidelines such as the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). As well as giving the evidence behind the text, this is a good resource if more in-depth reading is required. The authors have succeeded in writing a quick reference book that is remarkably in-depth and easy to read.

Who should read it?

This book would be suitable for any healthcare student who needs an understanding of the concept of pathophysiology however it would also be relevant for those seeking a general overview of the subject or more senior staff who wish to consolidate or refresh their knowledge.

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