A Textbook of Pathology


  • Nicholas Vardaxis, BSc(Hons), PhD, Executive General Manager, Courses and Quality, Open Universities Australia

A Textbook of Pathology is designed for students following a diagnostic or primary health care profession and has been written specifically for health science students. By relating pathology to disease processes, changes in the body, and signs and symptoms, students can build an understanding of the cause of disease as it presents in the clinical setting.  Covering general and systemic pathology, the author takes a practical look at the investigation of disease, and brings an innovative approach to the study of pathology. A review of basic anatomy and physiology at the beginning of each chapter provides an excellent preparation to the related pathology, and the study of pathophysiological processes help the reader to bridge the gap between the structural and functional changes that occur in disease.  The exploration of clinical features of key conditions allows the student to relate the condition and its underlying pathology to the living patient, while the inclusion of pathology test results and symptomatology tables assist in the assessment and interpretation of data for diagnosis and provide a contextual link to the study of disease that helps students understand the relevance of pathology to their health profession.  Students can also enhance their learning experience and test their understanding through an engaging and comprehensive electronic learning resource that supports the text.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-3930-2

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Disease

Chapter 2: Infectious Disease (New Chapter)

Chapter 3: Injury and How the Body Reacts to It

Chapter 4: Defences, Damage and Repair

Chapter 5: The Body Fluids

Chapter 6: Vascular Disease

Chapter 7: Growth Variations

Chapter 8: Neoplasia

Chapter 9: Immune System Disorders

REVIEW TEST - Chapters 1-9


Chapter 10: Cardiovascular Disorders

Chapter 11: Respiratory Disorders

Chapter 12: Gastrointestinal Disorders

Chapter 13: Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disorders

Chapter 14: Urinary Disorders

Chapter 15: Male Genital Disorders

Chapter 16: Female Genital Disorders

Chapter 17: Neurological Disorders

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Chapter 18: Muscular and Connective Tissue Disorders

Chapter 19: Skeletal Disorders

Chapter 20: Integumentary Disorders

Chapter 21: Haematological Disorders

Chapter 22: Endocrine Disorders

Chapter 23: Eye & Ear Disorders

Chapter 24: Environmental and Social Factors in Disease

REVIEW TEST - Chapters 17-24

Appendix 1 Units of measurement

Appendix 2 Normal reference laboratory