Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 5th Edition

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Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 5th Edition


A concise, easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamentals, Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 5th Edition helps you learn essential concepts of major diseases/disorders and disease processes. Continuing in its well-known tradition of readability and vivid, full-color illustrations, the text is updated with the latest research and trends in human disease. Disorders are described by body system, with coverage of the interactions between systems, and special features help you apply the material to real-life situations. No matter which healthcare field you may enter, Gould’s Pathophysiology prepares you for the conditions encountered in clinical practice.

"Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions can easily be incorporated into a course as a prescribed book to students in the health care professions. The authors of this book are commended for their contribution to the literature on pathophysiology and its application to the health professions." Reviewed by: Dr Benita Olivier, University of the Witwatersrand, Date: Oct 14

  • Concise and readable approach includes the information students need without overwhelming them, even if they have a limited scientific background.
  • Unique Challenge feature asks "What can go wrong with this structure or system?" as a way to help students facilitate progress by using previously learned knowledge.
  • Unique Think About boxes help with self-evaluation, test preparation, and review.
  • Unique Emergency Treatment boxes list basic emergency measures; these can be modified to fit specific professions, established protocols, or practice settings.
  • Research boxes discuss new developments, problem areas of pathophysiology, and complications associated with research.
  • Warning Signs boxes summarize conditions that may develop in patients.
  • Diagnostic tests and treatments are included for each of the major disorders.
  • Case studies in each chapter provide a basis for discussion or can be used as an assignment.
  • Study questions offer a self-assessment on the material in each chapter.
  • Ready References in the appendix provide a quick lookup for anatomic terms, conversion tables, abbreviations and acronyms, diagnostic studies and tests, and more.
  • A companion Evolve website includes web links, learning activities, content updates, and more.
  • New content on the causes and trends related to disease, new drugs, technology, and treatment.
  • Coverage of obesity and its complications, including an in-depth discussion of metabolic syndrome.
  • Multiple disorder syndromes in the aged client.
  • DNA, genetics and the Human Genome Project with current research on protein pathways in health (proteomics) and the implications for drug treatment and disease causation.
  • Coverage of autism.
  • Updated content on the H1N1 virus and communicable diseases; HIV, cancer causation, and immunology; and substance abuse to reflect common practices in the use of illicit (street) drugs as well as abuse of prescription medications.
  • Case studies revised to emphasize chronic diseases, prevention, and acute care, and to apply to a wider range of health professions.
  • Appendices reorganized for improved reference and lookup.

Section I: Basic Concepts of Disease Processes

1. Introduction to Pathophysiology

2. Inflammation and Healing

3. Immunity and Abnormal Responses

4. Infection

5. Neoplasms

6. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances

Section II: The Effects of Altered Status/Growth and Development on Disease Processes

7. Congenital and Genetic Disorders

8. Diseases Associated with Adolescence

9. Potential Complications of Pregnancy

10. Aging and Disease Processes

11. Effects of Immobility

12. The Influence of Stress

13. Pain

14. Substance Abuse

15. Environmental Hazards

16. Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Selected Therapies

Section III: Pathophysiology of the Systems

17. Blood and Lymphatic Disorders

18. Cardiovascular Disorders

19. Respiratory Disorders

20. Digestive System Disorders

21. Urinary System Disorders

22. Acute Neurologic Disorders

23. Chronic Neurologic Disorders

24. Disorders of the Eye and Ear

25. Endocrine Disorders

26. Musculoskeletal Disorders

27. Skin Disorders

28. Reproductive System Disorders


Ready Reference 1 Body Planes, Cavities, and Compartments

Ready Reference 2 Anatomic Terms

Ready Reference 3 Conversion Tables

Ready Reference 4 Common Abbreviations and Acronyms

Ready Reference 5 Common Diagnostic Studies and Tests

Ready Reference 6 Example of a Medical History

Ready Reference 7 Disease Index

Ready Reference 8 Drug Index

Ready Reference 9 Additional Resources


Karin C. VanMeter, PhD, Lecturer
Iowa State University
Department of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ames, Iowa and Robert J Hubert, BS, Laboratory Coordinator
Iowa State University
Department of Animal Sciences
Ames, Iowa
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