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Pathology for the Health-Related Professions, 2nd ed.

Pathology for the Health-Related Professions, 2nd ed. Ivan Damjanov. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2000, 545 pp., $52.00. ISBN 0-72168118-2.

As an introduction to human pathology, this book succeeds admirably in its author's intent to provide an enticement for further studies and a foundation for future professional growth. It is not a comprehensive reference book of pathology, but rather a book designed for a one-semester pathology course for students of the health-related professions.

The material is organized in a standard manner, with early chapters devoted to general pathology followed by organ system pathology. The strength of this book lies in the many didactic methods used to facilitate learning. Each chapter is a self-contained unit that begins with lists of learning objectives and key terms and concepts followed by the chapter outline. A review of normal anatomy and physiology precedes discussion of pathology. Overviews of major diseases for each organ system are presented with a definition, etiology and pathogenesis, pathology, and clinical features. Reader interest is maintained with informative "Did You Know?" boxes containing brief digressions relating to the chapter. Each chapter ends with a list of review questions. An extensive glossary of terms is also provided to aid beginning students of pathology.

The outstanding illustrations are perhaps the most impressive feature of this book. A combination of photographs and computer-generated illustrations enliven the text and clarify complex pathophysiologic processes. In particular, well-rendered diagrams and illustrations aid the understanding of the molecular and cellular bases of inflammation, immunology concepts, cardiac pathology, and endocrine diseases.

The book is well written and benefits from the uniformity of style and vision afforded by a single author. Dr. Damjanov admits in the preface that pathology is too vast a subject to be covered comprehensively in an introductory course and text. He has chosen to eliminate many diseases and concentrate on those that can serve as prototypes or paradigms for future study. This approach works best in the early chapters, which are devoted to general topics such as neoplasia and genetic and developmental diseases. However, chapters devoted to each organ system may seem overly abbreviated and superficial from the perspective of more advanced students and health professionals. Beginning students will probably benefit by not suffering from "information overload" while learning basic pathology.

In summary, this introductory text of pathology for the health-related professions is highly recommended for the teaching of students in the laboratory sciences. The book has limited utility for practicing laboratory professionals because it lacks the comprehensive and detailed content of a reference work in pathology.

Brian S. Erler

Department of Pathology

Jersey Shore Medical Center

1945 State Route 33

Neptune, NJ 07754
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Author:Erler, Brian S.
Publication:Clinical Chemistry
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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