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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Thinking back to my student nurse days, our Anatomy and Physiology textbooks were large, rather dry affairs. This one, in comparison, is well laid out, straightforward and accessible.

Each chapter covers keywords and learning outcomes, followed by the anatomy and physiology of each system being looked at. There are coloured illustrations, and various tables, often used to summarise. Following this the various diseases are looked at, alongside case studies. To give an example, the chapter covering the heart looks at MI, Heart Failure, Cardiogenic Shock, and Angina. Each chapter then finishes with test questions, activities, further resources and a Glossary

NOt all the chapters look a system, as there are chapters covering Cancer, Inflammation, immune response and healing, Shock and Pain Management.

An added bonus is access to an ebook version. I got a bit lost with how to do this, but you need to go to the Vital Source website and register for an account. You can then download the book to your computer, or download a separate app on mobile devices, which you need to sign in to. The e-version can be searched, highlighted etc, and could be a valuable addition.

This would appear to be an ideal text-book, although obviously I can not comment as to whether it fully covers today's syllabus. As a qualified nurse, however, I will still find it very useful for a refresher, and if studyng various diseases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Learning physiology, and pathophysiology for students going into healthcare professions isn't always easy. There is a great deal to learn. The book has colour coded chapters, moving from cells, cancer, wound healing, shock, the heart, vascular system, blood, renal system, respiratory system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, nutrition, endocrine system, reproductive system, pain management, the musculo-skeletal system, fluid and electrolyte balance, skin, and ENT. Its a big selection, but the book comes with rights to an e version, which can be downloaded to a smartphone and taken with you. To do this, you need to download a free app, Vitalsource. I found that the smartphone app recognised that I'd already downloaded the book to my laptop, so adding it to my phone was an easy process.

The book contains a solid foundation in pathophysiology. There are good diagrams, and straightforward explanations. At the end of each chapter is a glossary of terms, websites for further information, a self test, and other activities, such as word searches, fill in the blanks, and diagrams to label. I did find that not all of the answers were available in the book - sometimes I had to go and look elsewhere. The book is invaluable though, I thought the diagrams and explanations were really clear, and would be useful to review prior to placements.

I'd highly recommend this. It would be enormously useful to a nursing student.
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As part of my role I coordinate and teach on Health and Social care courses, and although I don't actually teach the A&P part of the course I find that have to field a lot of enquiries from students about that subject, because they feel comfortable to ask me to explain things in a way that they can understand. My knowledge of A&P has diminished over a period of time and som I welcomed the opportunity of reading a text that had simple explanations and good pictures. I brought my knowledge up to date quickly and then found myself feeling that I could recommend the book to students for their personal use; the result was that now I don't have to answer the questions anymore thereby saving my stress and time.
On the whole I thoroughly recommend this text particularly for health and Social Care course students.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 7 May 2013
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Blackwell have always produced excellent textbooks on a variety of subjects and this does not let them down.

The book is listed as for "nursing and health care students" but I would suggest that any student studying human biology would find the information in this book interesting.

The book is divided into chapters, each one is indicated by a different colour so you can jump to the area with ease rather than having to guess and then flick pages.

The main chapters are:

- cell and body tissue physiology
- cancer
- inflammation, immune response and healing
- shock
- heart and associated disorders
- vascular system and associated disorders
- blood and associated disorders
- renal system and associated disorders
- respiratory system and associated disorders
- nervous system and associated disorders
- gastrointestinal system and associated disorders
- nutrition and associated disorders
- endocrine system and associated disorders
- reproductive system and associated disorders
- pain and pain management
- musculoskeletal system and associated disorders
- fluid and electrolyte balance and associated disorders
- the skin and associated disorders
- the ear, nose and throat and associated disorders

This is an excellent textbook which is easily accessible to all readers and students.
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This is a great guide to pathophysiology - diseases and sickness and how they affect the body. The illustrations are perfect, they really make this text book. There are quizes so you can test yourself, it also contains a glossary in every section explaining the meaning of the many medical terms used and unlabelled diagrams that you can photocopy and label and ensure that you are ready for any test or exam. There are even recap sections, where after you have studied a subject, it runs over the main points again, briefly. The book is edited by experts in the field, and even if, like myself you already have an A&P (Anatomay and Physiolgy) textbook, or a Pathophysiology textbook as part of your course, this works well alongside it. If your other textbooks don't mention a certain thing in the same detail or have illustrations of the same thing that show what you need to look at or research then this one does, which makes it a really essential resource. I've been using this a lot as I am studying for an exam, and my fellow students really liked this book too.

It isn't that anatomy and physiology or pathophysiology are difficult subjects, they are very comprehensive subjects, and there is a lot to remember, this book is a great aid to all that studying. It is quite pricey which all these type of books are, but you guaranteed to get your money's worth.
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A really well thought out and structured guide. Each chapter is colour coded and fantastically presented. Taking a chapter at random to illustrate the structure of the book, chapter 6 'The vascular system and associated disorders' as an example; it starts with a page detailing the contents of the chapter.
On the following page there is a section of 'Key Words' pertaining to this chapter, so Arteries, Arterioles, Tunica media etc.
Below this is a section entitled 'Test Your Prior Knowledge' which asks a number of questions such as 'List three differences between arteries and veins'
The final section on this page is 'Learning Outcomes' which stipulates what the reader should now know as a result of completing this chapter eg Describe the structures of the arteries, veins and capillaries'
The chapter then presents a lot of information in word and clearly presented diagrams (colour)of the vascular system with case studies presented to discuss. At the end of the chapter is a short 'test your knowledge' section and activities to do such as fill in the blanks; a word search, label the diagram section; further resources guide and glossary of terms.
Its a really effective way of learning and remembering medical terminology and its context. Really recommended for employees and/or students undertaking a nursing/healthcare career path.
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The 'Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology' covers a wide variety of topics, clearly laid out over several chapters on the different systems. There is sufficient detail for a general overview of conditions, but may not be of a depth suitable for medical students. However, the case studies included are a great way of applying knowledge learned from the chapter and getting you to think about cases and how you might proceed with patients.

The book is in colour with a vast variety of pictures, and includes access to an e-version featuring self-test sections and various exercises. At the end of each chapter there is a glossary of key terms, along with some diagrams to label which is useful. It also provides links to external sources so you can find out more about the conditions covered.

In terms of criticisms, the book also features word searches of key phrases used in the chapter - considering the level the book is aimed at, this seemed a bit childish and unnecessary.

However, if you want a reasonably priced book which covers the the body systems with some applied case studies, this is an excellent resource.
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on 25 April 2013
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Peate and Nair successfully present human physiology in a manner anyone can understand. They have made non-threatening, what can too many be an intimidating subject.

Each chapter is coloured coded for speed of reference. The colours used in the chapter glossaries were fainter than I would have liked, but that is a minor issue.

There are plentiful, clear coloured illustrations throughout and every medical term used is concisely explained.

Each chapter is written by an experienced lecturer in that area of nursing, so that you can be sure that you are getting the best up to date information from those who know how to teach novice students.

At the end of each chapter are friendly exercises, so that you can test your knowledge if you wish. I also like that the chapters end with references to other resources that are given full prominence, rather than being consigned to small print.

The wonders of modern printing, means that even at 600+ pages, this book is still comfortable to handle and not too heavy to carry about.

As introductory texts go, this is about as good as they get.
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on 15 August 2013
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This book provides an extremely interesting read on pathophysiology. The flow of this book is very good, well written and easy to follow. There is also an accompanying website that you can visit which provides additional material in order to test your knowledge. At the end of each chapter there is a glossary to remind you of the main topics covered within the chapter text, as well as word searches and activities to test your knowledge.

The topics covered include, cell & body tissue, cancer, inflammation & immune response and healing, shock, the heart, vascular system, blood disorders, renal system, respiratory system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, nutrition, endocrine system, reproductive system, pain, musculoskeletal system, fluid & electrolyte balance, skin, and the ear, nose & throat.

This book is aimed towards nursing and healthcare students but provides an interesting read for those with an interest in the human body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Another great book from Wiley with interactive exercises online. The book itself is a beautiful text book, clearly set out with different colours for each chapter. The language is easily comprehensible and the pictures are extremely detailed. This is a book for all those interested in the human body and its functions. It includes case studies to make the material more relevant.

At the end of each chapter you have a few exercises which include fill in the blanks, labelling of diagrams, a word search and a glossary of terms.

The only reason for the one star less is the typos which occur in the main text and word searches both in the searches and the lists which can be confusing and irritating, so watch out for that. However, other than this one flaw, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book due to its simplicity and clarity.
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