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Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Robbins Pathology) Hardcover – 21 Aug 2004

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  • Hardcover: 1552 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 7 edition (21 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721601871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721601878
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.2 x 6.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is hard to imagine a pathologist, whether a trainee or consultant, who would not benefit from reading or at least referring to this book. Most older pathologists will possess earlier editions as "Robbins" has been a standard text for many years. This seventh edition represents the evolution of the best single volume textbook on general pathology and the editors are to be congratulated in having resisted the temptation to overturn the book's familiar order in the name of innovation. Instead, they have sympathetically expanded the text, which now includes a phenomenal amount of information. A particularly welcome development is the chapter on ocular pathology for the generalist and the reorganisation of the chapter on infectious diseases taxonomically. The book has a very broard appeal: it could be read with profit by consultant pathologists, but is still suitable as an undergraduate text for medical students, as it starts from first principles and extends to the limits of knowledge. "Robbins" will remain the book of choice for diligent students, who will be inspired by the thorough scientific grounding in pathology that it provides. UK universities that believe this factual knowledge to be redundant should consider the popularity of "Robbins" in the US, and with practicing diagnostic pathologists in the UK, and think again."BMA Awards 2005" A well laid out book covering the entire spectrum of disease in clear, concise detail. The sections are clearly headed and a separate index at the start of each chapter means finding them becomes a doddle. The book makes a point of making it easy to tackle such a large amount of text - from basics, slowly working up to the more complex. The book has an excellent additional feature in the form of a MCQ CD. The book is just about worth buying for the CD alone. It really helps your revision of pathology and challenges you to think more deeply about the topic.It may seem too much for students, but this book will last for your whole medical education and no doubt beyond."Edinburgh Medics, a Res Medica supplement courtesy of the Royal Medical Society, July 2005" This new edition is praiseworthy for the breadth and depth of its content and its ability to remain up to date. It serves the needs not only of the beginning student, the pathologist in training, but all practitioners of medicine with intellectual curiosity."Modern Pathology, 2005"

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M ADIL on 15 Feb 2006
Format: Hardcover
Simply an excellent book from start to finish. Includes thorough but to-the-point discussion on all aspects of the most important medical conditions. While other pathology books only outline the 'process' of disease formation, this book goes into answering the fundamental question of 'why' it should occur at all! This book also has an online version which is very useful (access limited only to those who have bought the book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a reference book for pathology and I am glad I did. The book is very detailed and complete and in my view - the bible of pathology. . The use of well illustrated diagrams and cartoons and colored boxes for special emphasis makes this book very inviting and appealing to read. What I like most about this book is that it gives you an online access to the online version for the life of the edition and you can download chapters and images from the book for use. Also there are is a test bank of USMLE style review questions online. The complete contents of the book are fully searchable online. Also included in this book is an interactive clinical cases CD-ROM which offers over 100 clinical case studies and approximately 1,500 images. I reccommned this book to everyone in the medical field.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
THE path book for ppl who don't mess around! 20 Feb 2005
By Jennifer Aron - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If your pathology lecture handouts look like this:

"toxoplasma - immunocompromised host - cardiac transplant"

and you are thinking, "What causes what? Can professors use verbs?"

then this may be the book for you.

I found myself in the situation of requiring more explanation, and R&C PBD fits the bill.


- Thorough (at over 1500 pages, it better be!).

- Readable - I noticed that people disagreed on this point. No, it is not "fun" to read, but I think it is as good as you can get. The text does not assume that you have mastered the previous chapters, it provides explanation throughout, making it possible to open it anywhere and still understand what is going on.

- Summary tables, nice photos, clear diagrams - could maybe use more of them.


- It's enormous! of course, that's a problem with the subject, not the book. I guess you have to ask yourself if you can set aside the time and concentration to get through it, if not, purchase BRS pathology. (Tip: if the weight of a 1500-pg. book bothers you, get the binding removed at a copy shop and carry the currently relevant pages)

- No study questions - I recommend its Review of Pathology companion with 1100+ questions for ample board review.

Good luck, you hardcore path master!
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
One hundred dollar text. One dollar binding. 8 Feb 2006
By J. Michael Stevenson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Much has been written about the quality of the text in this volume, and really, I agree with most of it. Robbins is a comprehensive textbook of human pathology, and is well written, though perhaps it could use a few more illustrations. Based on the text alone, I'd give it four or five stars.

The binding, however, is anemic, and worthy of one, or perhaps two stars. I have never seen a book's binding fail so regularly nor so spectacularly as I have with this book. After one year of use, my copy needed to be rebound. Several of my classmates have also had theirs rebound, or are about to. Several others have reinforced their copies with tape. One classmate had his book's binding fail entirely; he now has two or three pieces and carries whichever piece he is reading. This book bears a price tag of over $100, and I don't feel that I've gotten my money's worth. I may not have babied this book, but I haven't abused it, either.

That said, Robbins is *the* pathology text, and it is because it's a *good* pathology text. If you study at a computer, the online version of the text is very useable and easily searchable (easier to search through than the hard copy, actually,) and though of course you can't use a highlighter or take notes in the margins, you can take notes and bookmark sections.

Final analysis? Yes, buy this book. But have a plan in place for when the binding goes.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best textbook from second year!! 29 Jun 2006
By John H. Kim - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got alot of [...] from my classmates for "wasting time" reading this book. Most people will tell you that it's too detailed and too long. But I feel that Robbins does a great job of weaving in high yield details from the basic sciences (Physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, pathophysiology) into the material presented, so that you're not JUST studying pathology as you read through. I am a "network" learner, which means the more that I can connect what I'm reading with things I already know, the more easily I remember it. If you prefer learning this way, reading Big Robbins is a better use of your time than reading Basic Pathology or Fetal Robbins over and over again. To add some more weight to my words, I honored every class of second year EXCEPT for behavioral science, which, interestingly, gets no love from Robbins. I literally feel like half of what I learned second year I learned from reading Robbins, or at least is mentioned in Robbins if I learned it in another class. When I was studying for Step 1, Robbins served as an excellent reference for pretty much all the basic sciences as well as pathology. As much as I love this book, I unfortunately cannot boast that I read the whole thing through once. I'm gonna take a stab at it during 3rd and 4th year though...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 10 Dec 2004
By N. Anderson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is comprehensive. I bought it because my school issued me the "Robbin's Basic Pathology" and I wanted the extra detail. I wasn't disappointed. The explanations are quite clear, and the CD that comes with allows you access to the complete text of the book online, as well as some practice sample cases and lots of slides. It is a bit tough to get through, simply because it is long, but the rewards are considerable. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
totally depends on time.... 24 May 2007
By Maxwell Uhakheme - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is hands down the best path book, because it has all the diseases in easy to read format with nice tables and pics to complement. However you've got to have time in med school to read it. Depending on your curriculum and how fast you read you may want to compare it to small robins, which has less details and no gross pics.If you have enough time, meaning that you can read a chapter once and also read your notes at the same time without falling behind, then go for it. But if you cannot, then you might need to settle for the "pocket companion to robins". Even if you were able to use this book through your course you will definitely not use it(except for its gross pics) for the step 1. FOr that you will be served better with pocket companion. It has the same features as big robins except less details. I used the pocket companion, pics in big robins and goljan audio for the path for the step 1 and i made a 229/95.
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