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Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology

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Title: Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology

Eited by: Muralitharan Nair and Ian Peate

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Reviewer: Paul Watson, head of child development, Marshland High School

What was it like?

Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology is designed specifically for nursing and healthcare students, delivering a straightforward, jargon–free, accessible introduction to pathophysiology. This is a fantastic looking book with great visual content and written text specifically for students, but accessible by all. I was so impressed by how it provides clear explanations of the anatomy of the human body, and the effects of disease or illness on normal physiology, this will be great for any student, from my GCSE students to post-reg students. To make things even easier for the reader, the book includes learning outcomes, a range of activities to test learning, key words, end–of–chapter glossaries, and clinical case scenarios. All of this great content is also supported by an online resource centre with further activities and exercises.  

I love everything about this book! It is not too big and yet offers so much. I can even have a copy of it on my computer to access any time, any place (sad, I know).

What were the highlights? 

Too many to list. This book would have been one that I would have used for my pre-reg training, and one that I would have kept hold of for further reference. I will be getting a copy now for my own collection, and to use with my current students. A great resource!

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book is full of superb full colour illustrations, bringing this subject to life it is full of extra features to help improve the learning process, including: key words, test–your–knowledge, exercises, word-search’s, further reading and learning outcomes. It has case studies throughout to help the reader to understand how to apply the knowledge in clinical practice, with all this supported by an online resource centre at This isn’t just a book but is also an opportunity to access fantastic extras for both lecturers and students, including an image bank, interactive multiple choice questions, true/false exercises, word–searches, glossary flash–cards, label–the diagram activities, and more!

Who should read it?

Pre and post-reg students, tutors, lecturers and practitioners. It is so well written and presented that anyone picking it up will find something in it to interest them, even if they don’t know it yet.

Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology



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