Pathophysiology for the Health Professions is a fundamental pathophysiology text designed specifically for students in any health professions field. It emphasizes the basic principles of disease processes in a clinical context, supported by concrete examples. The first two sections cover basic concepts of pathophysiologic processes such as inflammation and infections, as well as conditions that may alter a patient's health status by mimicking pathophysiological processes or affecting the process of disease. The last section on disorders of the body systems highlights commonly occurring problems and selected topics relevant to each system. Chapters in this section follow a consistent format, including a review of anatomy and physiology, concepts of disease, and specific disorders.
Section I: Basic Concepts of Disease Processes. Introduction. Inflammation and Healing. Immunity and Abnormal Responses. Infections. Neoplasms. Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Imbalances. Section II: Influence of Altered Status/Growth adn Development of Disease Processes. Congenital and Genetic Disorders. Health Problems Associated with Adolescence. Possible Effects of Pregnancy. Aging and Disease Processes. Effects of Immobility. The Influence of Stress. Pain. Substance Abuse. Environmental Hazards. Selected Therapies and Possible Effects. Section III: Pathophysiology of the Systems. Disorders of the Blood and Lymphatic System. Disorders of the Heart and Vascular System. Respiratory Disorders. Digestive Disorders. Urinary System Disorders. Acute Neurological Disorders. Chronic Neurological Disorders. Eye and Ear Disorders. Endocrine Disorders. Musculoskeletal Disorders. Skin Disorders. Disorders of the Reproductive System. Appendices: Ready Reference 1: Anatomic Terms; Ready Reference 2: Common Pharmaceutical Abbreviations; Ready Reference 3: Common Abbreviations and Acronyms. Ready Reference 4: Common Diagnostic Tests. Glossary. Additional Resources. Index.