Handbook of Pathophysiology

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Handbook of Pathophysiology (January 15, 2001): by Springhouse Corporation, With 13 Contributors, Springhouse

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Handbook of Pathophysiology
Contents
Staff Contributors Foreword 1 FUNDAMENTALS OF PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 2 CANCER 3 INFECTION 4 GENETICS 5 FLUIDS AND ELECTROLYTES 6 CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM 7 RESPIRATORY SYSTEM 8 NERVOUS SYSTEM 9 GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM Pathophysiology in color Understanding Asthma Understanding Cancer Understanding Osteoporosis Understanding Ulcers 10 MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM 11 HEMATOLOGIC SYSTEM 12 IMMUNE SYSTEM 13 ENDOCRINE SYSTEM 14 RENAL SYSTEM 15 SENSORY SYSTEM 16 INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM 17 REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Appendix: Less common disorders Selected references

Contributors
Gary J. Arnold, MD, FACS Assistant Professor of Nursing University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA Deborah Becker, MSN, CRNP, CS, CCRN Lecturer, Adult Acute Care Practitioner Program University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Marcy S. Caplin, RN, MSN Independent Nurse Consultant Hudson, OH Susan B. Dickey, PhD, RN,C Associate Professor Temple University Philadelphia, PA Kay Gentieu, RN, MSN, CRNP Coordinator Family Nurse Practitioner Program Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA H. Dean Krimmel, RN, MSN Independent Nurse Consultant Collingdale, PA Nancy LaPlante, RN, BSN RN-Staff Nurse Emergency Department The Chester County Hospital West Chester, PA Kay Luft, RN, MN, CCRN, TNCC Assistant Professor Saint Luke's College Kansas City, MO Elaine Mohn-Brown, EdD, RN Professor, Nursing Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR Roger M. Morrell, MD, PhD, FACP, FAIC Neurologist Lathrup Village, MI David Toub, MD Consultant Lansdale, PA Tracy S. Weintraub, RN, MSN, CNS Instructor of Clinical Nursing University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Patricia A. Wessels, RN, MSN Assistant Dean Viterbo College LaCrosse, WI

Foreword In today's fast-paced, ever-changing health care environment, health care professionals are required to provide competent, compassionate care that integrates every aspect of prior learning. They must assess patients, relate patients' clinical symptoms to the pathophysiology associated with the disease process, interpret laboratory data, and prepare patients for the expected treatment. These actions must be completed quickly and accurately, making both the science and the art of health care more complex. Thus, clinicians need a reliable, accessible reference that incorporates all of this information, enabling them to feel confident about the quality of their care. Modern clinical practice includes the domains of patient education and advocacy as well as the more traditional domains of providing and coordinating actual patient care. Additionally, clinical practice has moved from the traditional hospital or long-term care facility to the patient's home or to outpatient centers. Typically, there must be collaboration between physicians and other health care professionals as part of the health care team to discuss the patient's physiologic status and treatment issues. They initiate meetings with patients, families, and other members of the health care team to disseminate information about these same issues. To be confident in these aspects clinicians need a reference that enables them to obtain relevant pathophysiologic information applicable to the patient's disease status. The Handbook of Pathophysiology is designed for the health care professional who enjoys the challenge of science-based practice. It is an easy-to-use reference that provides a synopsis of updated information on the major pathophysiologic disease processes. This handbook presents more than 450 diseases. The basic concepts of altered homeostasis, disease development, and disease progression are presented in an easy-to-read format. Additionally, “Pathophysiology in color” is a special section (located within chapter 9) that contains 16 full-color pages, illustrating asthma, cancer, osteoporosis, and ulcers. The first...
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