Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple

(51 customer reviews)

Provides a conceptual overview of pathophysiology, mechanisms of disease, and clinical reasoning hand-in-hand in a brief, clear, highly practical book designed to ease the transition from the basic sciences to the clinical years. Particularly useful in the transition from the second to the third year of medical school, but also very helpful to nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals. Shows the clinical relevance of the basic sciences through overall principles and understanding.

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REVIEWS

“There are very few books that successfully walk the fine line between information overload and gross oversimplification. Berkowitz’s Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple manages to pull it off admirably well and will be a welcome change for scores of overwhelmed medical students.”
David E. Newman-Toker, MD, Director, Student Clerkships in Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“If you read one book during your preclinical years, read this! I’ve yet to come across a more clear and concise introduction to clinical pathophysiology. This book is a solid foundation for medical, nursing, and pharmacy students who want to understand human disease and treatments from first principles. I recommend it to anyone who aspires to take great care of their patients.”
Andrew D. Levin, MD/PhD candidate, Harvard Medical School

“A thorough and insightful approach to basic pathophysiology, this book helps its readers develop a strong conceptual foundation of ‘how’ and ‘why’ disease happens, a skill that will far outlast memorization done for the boards and even provide a great review for residents and attending physicians.”
Aarti Sekhar, MD, PGY-2, Radiology, Beth Israel Hospital

“This is absolutely brilliant — things have never been more clear. It’s everything you were supposed to learn in 1st year but didn’t quite get, and everything in 2nd year you need for the boards. This is the most clear, well organized review text for the boards I’ve every seen!”
Jasmine Pedroso, 2nd Year Medical Student, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

$29.95

Book Details

Pages

195

ISBN

9780940780804

Publication

Edition 1 (January 1, 2007)

Language

English

Digital

Includes interactive download of Differential Diagnosis (WIN/MAC)

About The Author

Aaron Berkowitz

Aaron Berkowitz is a neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. An award-winning neurology educator at Harvard Medical School, he co-directs the neuroscience/neurology/neuroanatomy course for first-year medical students, and is the associate director of the neurology clerkship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He frequently lectures on various topics in neurology to medical students and neurology residents, as well as to practitioners and trainees in internal medicine. As the director of the Global Neurology Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he has taught courses in resource-limited settings to internists, family practitioners, and medical students in Haiti and Malawi, and directs the first neurology training program in Haiti in collaboration with Partners In Health, for which he serves as a Health and Policy Advisor in Neurology.

 

Free Digital Download of Differential Diagnosis Program

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
The Basic Circulation
Heart Failure
Diseases of the Heart Muscle: The Cardiomyopathies
The Valves and Their Diseases: Stenosis and Regurgitation
Diseases of the Electrical System: Arrhythmias
Diseases of the Heart’s Vasculature: Angina and Myocardial Infarction
Vascular Disease Outside the Heart: Peripheral Arteries and Aorta
Lipids and Lipid-Lowering Drugs
Vasculitis
Hypertension
Cardiac Infection, Inflammation, and Neoplasia
Endocarditis
Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease
Myocarditis
Pericarditis
Cardiac Neoplasia
Congenital Heart Disease 

CHAPTER 2. THE PULMONARY SYSTEM
Micro-anatomical components of the pulmonary system: sac, membrane, and blood vessel
Obstructive and restrictive lung disease, and pulmonary function tests
Pulmonary physical exam
Pulmonary hypertension
Respiratory infections
Lung cancer
Diseases of the pleura and pleural space

CHAPTER 3. THE RENAL SYSTEM
Prerenal, intrinsic renal, and post-renal failure
Chronic renal failure
Urinary tract infection (UTI) and urinalysis
Tumors of the urinary tract
Fluids and electrolytes
–Hypernatremia and hyponatremia
–Hyperkalemia and hypokalemia
–Acid-base pathophysiology

CHAPTER 4. THE GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM
Diseases of the esophagus
Diseases of the stomach
Diseases of the small intestine
Diseases of the large Intestine
Upper and lower GI bleeding
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Diseases of the liver and gall bladder
Diseases of the pancreas
Approach to abdominal pain

CHAPTER 5. THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
General principles
Thyroid diseases
— Hyperthyroidism
— Hypothyroidism
— Thyroiditis
— Thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
Adrenal gland
— Cushing’s syndrome
— Adrenal insufficiency
— Hyperaldosteronism and hypoaldosteronism
— Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN)
Pituitary Gland
— Diseases of the anterior pituitary
— Diseases of the posterior pituitary
The endocrine pancreas and glucose regulation
— Diabetes mellitus
— Hypoglycemia
Calcium, the parathyroids, and bone
— Hypercalcemia
— Hypocalcemia
Diseases of bone
— Osteopetrosis
— Osteoporosis and osteomalacia
— Paget’s disease
— Infection of bone: osteomyelitis
— Tumors of bone

CHAPTER 6. THE HEMATOLOGIC SYSTEM
Red Blood Cells
— Anemia
— Polycythemia
White blood cells and immunology
–Hypersensitivity
–Immunodeficiency
–Hematologic malignancies
Platelets and the clotting cascade
— Hypocoagulable states: tendency to bleed
— Hypercoagulable states: tendency to clot

CHAPTER 7. THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Review of neuroanatomy and introduction to localization
–Motor and sensory pathways
–Brainstem and cranial nerves
–Cerebellum and basal ganglia
Diseases of the brain
— Mental status changes: dementia and delirium
— Seizures
— Elevated intracranial pressure
— Intracranial infection and bleeding
— CSF examination
— CNS tumors
— Stroke
— Parkinson’s disease
— Multiple sclerosis
Diseases of the spinal cord
Diseases of lower motor neurons, neuromuscular junction, and muscle

CHAPTER 8. RHEUMATOLOGY
Rheumatologic disease
Treatment of autotoimmune diseases: Immunosuppressives and anti-inflammatories
Joint disease: arthritis
— Rheumatoid arthritis
— Osteoarthritis
— Spondyloarthritis
— Infectious arthritis
— Gout and pseudogout

CHAPTER 9. MALE AND FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS
Male reproductive organ pathophysiology
— Prostate (prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostate cancer)
— Testicles
— Erectile dysfunction
Female reproductive organ pathophysiology
— The menstrual cycle, oral contraceptives, and amenorrhea
— Inflammation and infection of the female genital tract
— Neoplasia of the female genital tract
— Endometriosis
— Polycystic ovary syndrome
Diseases of the breast
Infertility

CHAPTER 10. CLINICAL CASES

INDEX

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS DOWNLOAD (MAC/WIN)
Differential Diagnosis of Common Laboratory Tests
Differential Diagnosis of Common Symptoms and Signs

51 reviews for Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. Wizkid – Best Short Overview of Pathophysiology for All Clinicians

    I am a nursing student who learns things by understanding them on a deep level (causes, patterns, connections) rather than by memorizing isolated fragments. So this book is excellent for someone like me.
    Unlike the assigned textbook for pathophysiology, this book begins its survey of the clinical problems that can affect each body system with a “big picture” preview–and always in the simplest, clearest language possible. Here, for instance, is how the pulmonary system chapter begins: “What problems could affect the alveolar sac and/or airways? 1. The sac is already filled with something other than air. 2. The sac does not open adequately. 3. The sac is unable to expire adequately due to either obstruction of the airways or decreased elastic recoil of the sac itself.” The rest of the chapter simply fills in the details of these three possibilities.
    Moreover, the book is filled with extremely useful devices for remembering and organizing the information presented. There are on virtually every page very clear diagrams, pictures, or formulas that capture a central concept in a memorable figure. For instance, a figure depicting the renal system, with blood supply, nephron, and collecting system (ureter, etc) uses little pointing hands to show the classification of kinds of acute renal failure: prerenal, intrinsic, and postrenal. Second, the book has many helpful mnemonics. For instance, “aldosteRoNe causes Reabsorption of Na (sodium).”
    Finally, the book provides detailed but wonderfully clear and simple explanations of virtually every pathophysiological problem, including many of the major diagnostics for distinguishing them. Moreover, it frequently uses questions in the text to give the reader a chance to think about the problem. For instance, in discussing hyperthryroidism, the author points out the two main mechanisms: “The thyroid over-secretes thyroid hormone (primary) or the pituitary over-stimulates the thyroid to secrete thyroid hormone (secondary). One needs only one lab value to distinguish between primary and secondary hyperthyroidism. Which one? Think about negative feedback. If the thyroid itself secretes lots of hormone ‘without being told to,’ this would increase negative feedback on the pituitary. So in primary hyperthyroidism TSH will be low.”
    Plainly, one cannot come to this book without an adequate background in basic anatomy and physiology. Nor does the book presume to provide detailed coverage of everything, as Guyton and Hall do. But it is the best short overview of pathophysiology I have ever seen, and it helped me tremendously in understanding and therefore thinking critically about clinical problems.

  2. uuboy13 – must for medical students

    Amazingly written book for explain complex illnesses in plain English. It also has numerous great tips and mnemonics for remembering characteristics and lab results for hundreds of pathologies. Great book to help student get through medical school and to study for the boards.

  3. Hazel Harrison – a God send

    I ordered this book as my texts can be confusing and at times seemed contradictory. Other times my brain just wanted to shut down (and I need to know this…why?). After wading through descriptions of every cytokine this book cuts to the chase and puts it together in a simple format. If you are not getting the big picture from the big texts, you will get it here. An excellent way to augment the assigned texts and make some sense of it all.

  4. Sam – Better than Goljan for conceptual understanding

    I wish I had used this book for second year in medical school. Dr. Berkowitz explains concepts better than anyone including the famous Dr. Goljan IMHO. Unlike many pathology and physiology books, this book explains every little concept extremely well as if a tutor was sitting next to you and talking to you. The only drawback to this book is that it’s not comprehensive and doesn’t explain all the pathological diseases involved in an organ system. However, that isn’t the fault of the author since the ‘Made Ridiculously Simple’ line also produces a pathology and a physiology text so Dr. Berkowitz couldn’t write more without infringing upon the other texts.

    I really hope Dr. Berkowitz writes a separate Pathology book in this same writing style that is more comprehensive for the boards. I would still buy this book and it’s ratings are right on. I’m very critical of books and this one is truly a gem and Dr. Berkowitz deserves a lot of recognition for taking the time to explain concepts that other professors ignore and assume are intuitive.

  5. JDO – MUST HAVE for first year and the boards!

    Its about time someone wrote a book that makes medicine seem intuitive. Pathophys Made Ridiculously Simple is so incredibly clear, concise and easy to read- you’ll get through each organ system in NO TIME- with such a firm grasp of concepts and disease mechanisms that by the time you move on to Robbins or BRS Pathology for the intimate details, everything will make absolute PERFECT sense– seriously, you’ll feel like a genius. EVERYONE involved in medicine should read this book!!

  6. Mary Katherine Howard – Excellent review book!!!

    So far this book has been an excellent review book for step 2!! It’s also a great quick reference for medicine wards/clinics. It doesn’t have all the details, but definitely has everything you need to jog your memory (or a good jumping point to go look at a more detailed book). It’s very easy to read and the pictures really help solidify points.

  7. Andora – Absolutely WONDERFUL textbook- which is nothing new for this series

    PA student here. Absolutely WONDERFUL textbook- which is nothing new for this series. Each topic is broken down with the perfect amount of detail without being too much. I was worried it wouldn’t be specific enough, however I exclusively used this book to study for a unit exam in my pathophysiology course, and I did better than using any other resource (including assigned textbooks).

    Great mnemonics, tons of charts and pictures, and a great sense of humor all throughout this book. It is SO easy to read, to the point that I could (and have) read this for hours without feeling like I’m not absorbing a thing, which happens whenever I tried to read any other textbook.

    My pathophysiology instructor recommended it. I recommend it. Half of my cohort now owns this book. Seriously. Get it. The publisher should honestly pay me for how much I talk about this series, but I’ll settle for helping out fellow students 🙂

  8. Kat D – must have book for any student in pathophys!

    This is one of the best accessory books to your med/PA school education. It explains basic concepts that professors may have glossed over or you may have forgotten, or never really understood, and it does it in a way that helps makes sense. It has really handy mnemonics, too. For some of my professors, I felt this was a better teaching tool than anything they were attempting to explain. By no means is it comprehensive, but it’s a really great starting point. I recommend this for any student taking pathophysiology!

  9. Michael Kemp – This is a great book, NP student

    I bought this book just over half way through my semester of patho and am kicking myself for not having bought it sooner. I had bought it because I bought another item that was too cheap to ship without being bundled into a larger purchase and I am really glad I did. What is awesome about this book is that it is completely void of the endless detail that is jammed into the McCance 6th edition patho book. Each chapter in this book starts off with the function of the system about to be studied, how the system or organs work, and then the common disease states that are encountered. After having my head spun from reading my horrible text book, I go to this book to actually learn something. THIS should have been our study guide. I highly recommend this book.

  10. akb – … and it truly IS made … ridiculously simple.

    Author Aaron Berkowitz, MD, Ph.D. is a CLEAR writer. He EXPLAINS. He doesn’t pontificate. He doesn’t bloviate. He uses simple, straightforward language, often in a heuristic, logical format. That is NOT to say that the study of pathophysiology is simple; not at all. Einstein once said that, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” This author takes an arcane concept and renders it child’s play. If you have the reading comprehension of a high school student, then you’ll be able to understand the mind boggling complexities of the human body in a disease state. Every medical author is a Hemingway wannabe these days. Not so with Berkowitz. He speaks in well-organized nouns and verbs, he does it clearly, and he makes the point, sans drivel. Highly recommended.

  11. S. Chadha – If you hate memorizing as much as I do, read this book

    This book helped me tremendously in my preparation for step 1. My med school doesn’t teach pathophysiology, even though it is tested heavily on step 1. The author does an excellent job of explaining the many terms that are thrown around in med school, and why they are used. I definitely recommend this book to any med student in their first two years, or if they are studying for step 1 or 2.

  12. Ruben Cruz – Excellent book for medical students

    Excellent book for medical students!! It is not a principal book for classes like pathology, or physiology. Excellent for understanding diseases and its mechanisms just AFTER (or at the same time) you read physiology books like Constanzo, Guyton, or my favorite: BRS PHYSIOLOGY!!!

    I am a medical student studying at Ponce Health Sciences University, just in case.

  13. J.B. – yep, its ridiculously awesome

    I’ve never been inclined to write a review before but felt the need for this book. It does exactly what the title says (no matter how silly) – it makes pathophys ridiculous simple. It strives to find a balance between detail and “simple” and does so in a very successful and educational manner. As a medical provider myself I’ve always wanted to have a more “full circle” understanding of disease process and this is perfect. This would be great for medical students, physician assistants and nurses both in training and after.

  14. Chevy – If your a med student like me this book would be helpful AFTER you are …

    If your a med student like me this book would be helpful AFTER you are finished reviewing each system. I see it as a SUMMARY book which ties everything you learned together. If you attempt to use this before actually knowing your systems you may end up being more confused. Good read if you have EXTRA time while studying for step 1.

  15. Joey L. – While my professors are great, sometimes I need a different source to phrase …

    I’m in PA school and have a LOT of pathophysiology to go over. While my professors are great, sometimes I need a different source to phrase something differently or a written reference to turn to. This is a great option for that. Everything is boiled down to what you actually need to know and the “fluff” is cut out. The explanations are clear and it includes lots of graphics and charts to help you as you study. Depending on your program and knowledge base, it may not replace your textbook for you. However, it will definitely be a great add on study tool and something that every clinician in training should pick up.

  16. ajcope – Wish I would have started here…

    This book is AWESOME! I’ve been studying for the PANCE for the past 3-4 months now and just recently bought this book, and everytime I open it I learn something new! Knowing the pathophys of diseases is SO much better than blind memorization and this book makes pathophys borderline enjoyable! Seriously every time I read from this book I end up thinking oh my word that makes so much more sense now. In short, I love this book. It could be my bff in book form.

  17. Takara Naylor – Absolutely loved this book

    Absolutely loved this book. I had my doubts, as there are many books out there that claim to simplify Pathophysiology, but this book is written by a medical student who integrated simple pathophysiology in a concept-based way. In other words, instead of memorizing lists of diseases, you understand how a certain disease process would elicit several different diseases and why!! I have recommended it to everyone I know who wants to brush up on their pathophysiology knowledge in the healthcare profession. It’s short, too– no hours and hours of trying to pick out important information!

  18. Malaki – Awesome

    I used this book for usmle step 1 review, it is very good and easy to study and understand.
    if you are short of time, this book will help you..

  19. Celis M. Sam – An Excellent Study Tool!

    Clinical Pathophysiology made ridiculously simple is a clear presentation of two rather complex subjects, that of pathology and physiology. Berkowitz has managed to orchestrate these two basic elements of medicine in such a way, so that the student/practitioner may think through the various mechanisms which may disrupt the normal functioning of the human body. I am excited to recommend it to all my nursing colleagues. I think it is an excellent study tool for boards, certification exams, and a must have reference text.

  20. A. Levin – Read this then Robbins

    Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple is the best transitional book out there. The fact of the matter is when you show up to medical school you know nothing. This book is like have a kind friend walk you through the basics in a totally unpretentious way. As my subject line suggests, I would read this then get cracking on Robbins. That will ease the pain and get you moving towards passing step 1. Good luck.

  21. W. Bethune – Soooo Readable!!!

    If you have used any of the other ‘Ridiculously Simple’ books, you’ll love this. The conversational writing style, quirky cartoon diagrams and practical clinical examples all combine to make this book uniquely easy to digest – as opposed to say Robbins, which is more definitive but also more stuffy and long-winded (i.e. harder to read). In terms of USMLE prep, I think this makes a nice supplement to a more traditional review book and a healthy dose of practice questions. It definitely fills a nice niche that way and will help in solidifying basic concepts – again, not as a stand-alone, but certainly as an adjunct. Overall, a pretty sweet lil’ book.

  22. nfts – This book makes it difficult subject easier to understand!

    I’m a nurse practitioner student was was having a hard time passing my patho class. This is buy far the best study book that I had. It does a great job at breaking down the patho of the human body and explaining what’s happening, I really love the Cardio section! I don’t think I would have passed my class without it.

  23. 4rensicdrmer – So helpful!

    I am currently in an accelerated Advanced Nursing Practice Immersion program and was recommended this book for our Physiology course – SUPER HELPFUL! Our class was so fast paced that this book helped with breaking down and simplifying concepts that would otherwise be quite difficult to learn/understand. I would recommend this to any student going into the medical field and will be recommending this to future cohorts at my school.

  24. PixieLIn – … on the cardiovascular system and have to say I love this book

    I just finished reading the first chapter on the cardiovascular system and have to say I love this book. I have worked exclusively in pediatrics as a nurse and nurse practitioner and often have a difficult time remembering the differences in types of congenital heart disease. This book not only explains things so well, it explains the why behind the signs and symptoms and helped me create a visual picture in my head that I can refer to in the future. Just what my ADD brain needed! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book.!

  25. ALANWIN – It serves as an excellent overview of main disease states in every system

    I am currentlly a PA student and I use this book all the time. It serves as an excellent overview of main disease states in every system. It is well worth the money especially for students who like to have an easy read/overview before they get into very fine details of diseases. It is very easy to understand and I would recommend it to any student that needs a brief, broad overview of diseases.

  26. Eventide – nice fast read for big picture view before medical school

    This is a fast read. A great book if:

    *you just finished your MCATs and hungry for more medical knowledge before medical school. excellent intro to physiology.
    *you are a medical student in any year that wants a very fast review of concepts. of course, the more you know the faster the read.

    It is a book that you can read. Unlike First Aid, which is just a jumble of facts this book, you can read. I enjoyed it.

  27. NurseTucker – Best text to learn from!

    Best pathophysiology book ever for FNP students! Clear, easy to comprehend explainations – with still a significant amount of details to understand the concepts. This text kicks my grad school text to the curb!

  28. Mee Mee – Great for returning students

    This really helped during my FNP pathology class. I used this as a tool before I started my assigned readings. There are a lot of visual examples that helped me. Also, I like to grasp the basics first, and then dig deeper. Sort of like stepping into the shallow end of the pool first. I highly recommend this book for students who are returning to a masters program and need a review.

  29. Sarah Merritt – I’d definitely recommend to anyone else

    I was taking Advanced Pathophysiology for my Nurse Practitioner program. The class was tough and the material is dense and overwhelming. This book helped a lot! Made the concepts clear, used some helpful pneumonics and kept it simple. I’d definitely recommend to anyone else!

  30. A.C. – This book is perfect! I am in PA school right now and …

    This book is perfect! I am in PA school right now and this book is a huge help for a supplemental book for me. Covers important pathophys for common disease states, examples and drawings that make physiology much easier to understand! Highly recommend.

  31. DesDaz – Great supplementary reading for pathophysiology!

    I am in a MSN program and taking pathophysiology right now. I don’t have a scale, but I would guess my textbook weighs about 8 pounds and the text within is similarly dense and confusing. I really love this book because it explains concepts simply and clearly. I read the relevant sections before my most recent exams, and they increased my understanding far more than my awful textbook. I also have the pharmacology book and will be making similar use of that one next semester. This is a very useful book and I highly recommend!

  32. Laura – Great Review

    Bought a few books from this series after transitioning from 3 yrs of Inpatient Psych Nursing to ICU. Great review..simplified things without dumbing them down. Bought these because my textbooks from school were too dry and wordy for me to read over. Wish I had these back in nursing school!

  33. Jmc-40 – Great book for general pathophys processes

    A very good book for simplifying the pathophys for medicine. I own 2 other pathophys books, and this one may not have every detail, but it sure helps to clarify the general ideas that can be confusing. I’m in PA school, and this book is a real time-saver. It’s best for quick understanding of things. It does not give all the nitty gritty details of physiology.

  34. Allison – Wonderful book to help you review those rusty patho points

    Wonderful book to help you review those rusty patho points. I’m an NP in primary care and having this resource has been a great asset . Great diagrams. Highly recommend as a supplement to any student or new provider

  35. Jimmy – Medical? BUY THIS

    Physician Assistant student – I use this book for patho and clnical medicine prep. Extremely easy to understand and made the difference in going from Bs to high As in both classes.

  36. Jarrod Doering – A Must Have – Wish I could give it more than 5 stars

    This is by far the best book I’ve purchased in quite some time! I’m in PA school and this book was not one of my required texts, but it was EXTREMELY helpful for almost all of my courses. It does a very good job of explaining a lot of complicated material in a basic and easily understandable way. I would rather have this book than the ~15 texts that were actually required by my school. I highly recommend this book for anyone in any type of medical program or even pre-med program.

  37. zee5093 – Great starter book

    I am currently in Physician Assistant school and I found this book to be REALLY helpful when I first started here. I still use it now to reference the physiology behind certain things. This book does a great job of putting things into an easy to understand way of learning. I also recommend the other books these authors have written. All really great

  38. B3ttyBoop – Patho Bible

    This book is amazing! Used this book while in nursing school and helped break things down kindergarten style. My go to book when I don’t undertstand.

  39. Marie – Clinical Pathophysiology CANNOT be made Ridiculously Simple

    These “Ridiculously Simple” titles are clearly tongue-in-cheek. Pathophysiology is NOT a topic that can ever be made ridiculously simple. But this book is awfully good, and I highly recommend it to medical and nursing students, and to physicians like myself who teach medical students and residents. Or just for those physicians who enjoy seeing the advances in pedagogy since “our time!”

  40. Christina – Concept skeleton on which to hang your required text’s details on

    I just finished a graduate level Pathophysiology course required for Nurse Practitioner students. This book very simply and accurately unfolds the concepts of pathophys as well as cleverly reinforces the “interrelatedness” between systems. I used this book to review the systems, (as it has been 20 years since undergrad nursing courses)and then I used my required text (Guyton and Hall) to fill in the details once I had a good grasp of the concepts. This book was especially useful while studying the endocrine system. The diagrams were very helpful in reinforcing “wordy descriptions”. This book helped me with my case studies, too!

  41. RBBB – Great summaries

    I love this book!! Started using it during my 1st year of med school, still using it 2nd year. It is a great resource for presenting information in an easy to understand and organized manner. I always refer to it!

  42. BB3 – I LOVE this book!

    This book is truly fantastic. I am currently a PA student and it is incredibly helpful to read this book as we go through each system. Would strongly recommend it!

  43. Dana S – I wholeheartedly recommend it. It simplifies many topics and helps build …

    I am currently in PA school and this book has made so many classes easier to understand! I wholeheartedly recommend it. It simplifies many topics and helps build a good base for more information.

  44. Hypnos – A Must for Advanced Pathophysiology!

    This book is well written and straight forward. Guides the reader through each major system and focuses on important concepts, facts to know, and pathways. This book is like having a power-light in a dark forest. Get the book. You will not regret it!

  45. MOUHANAD SAMRA – Great work!

    Well! After I read some other books from this series especially Microbiology I thought its better to give pathophysiology a try and I wasn’t disappointed.

    This book is written very well and can be a very helpful resource for medical students under their clinical years BUT don’t expect much knowledge beyond that!

    I still do recommend this book even during clinical years for student who haven’t finished their pre-clinical years well and trying to cover up.

    This book is a MUST for healthcare students while doing their basic years!

    Cheers

  46. TIffany H. – I’d recommend for anyone in Med school or PA

    Using this for my Clinical Pathophysiology class and it explains everything so well! I’d recommend for anyone in Med school or PA school

  47. Danni – Love referring to this book

    Love referring to this book. I believe it gives a better explanation giving me a better understanding than any textbook.

  48. Liliya – Great book

    I am a nursing student and I carry a Russian MD. I bought this book after reading all the reviews here. I like the book and I recommend it to other students.

  49. RaLoRN – I am wrapping up in an NP program and it was great to have on standby when I needed a quick …

    I found this book to be an incredibly helpful study aid. I am wrapping up in an NP program and it was great to have on standby when I needed a quick pathophys refresher. I found it to be a useful supplement to help me gain a better understanding of the major disease processes and actually retain the knowledge instead of memorize it. This also made it simple to tie the mechanism of action to the different drugs classes used for various diseases. The book is concise and entertaining.

  50. Amy S. Holmes – Saved my GPA

    I can’t believe how great this book is. Highly reccomended by the faculty, and upper classmen- and saved my bacon when finals came around. GET THIS BOOK!!!!

  51. Elliot – makes me smarter

    highly recommended for undergrad and medical students… good overview of pathology to put the details into a big pictures.

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