Understanding Pathophysiology - ANZ adaptation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729539517, 9780729579513

Understanding Pathophysiology - ANZ adaptation

1st Edition

Authors: Judy Craft Christopher Gordon Sue Huether Kathryn McCance Valentina Brashers
eBook ISBN: 9780729579513
Imprint: Mosby Australia
Published Date: 22nd October 2010
Page Count: 1200

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A new pathophysiology textbook specifically for Australian and New Zealand nursing students

Understanding Pathophysiology provides nursing students with the optimal balance between science, clinical case material and pharmacology. 

With entrenched bio-medical terminology that can be difficult to relate to nursing practice, pathophysiology is a complex, though essential, component of all undergraduate nursing courses.

Understanding Pathophysiology: ANZ Edition overcomes this difficulty by presenting the topic in an accessible manner appropriate to undergraduate nursing students in Australia and New Zealand.

The book prioritises diseases relevant to nursing students and presents them according to prevalence and rate of incidence in Australia and New Zealand. This focused approach prepares students for the presentations they will experience in a clinical setting. 

Understanding Pathophysiology: ANZ Edition explores each body system first by structure and function, then by alteration. This establishes the physiology prior to addressing the diseases relative to the system and allows students to analyse and compare the normal versus altered state.

This local edition of Understanding Pathophysiology incorporates a lifespan approach  and explores contemporary health with specific chapters on stress, genes and the environment, obesity and diabetes, cancer, mental illness and Indigenous health issues. 

Clinical case studies are included in each chapter, with each patient case study highlighting the relevant medical symptoms of a given disease within a clinical setting. This is then analysed with respect to the relevancy of each symptom, their respective affect on body systems and the best course of pharmacological treatment. 

Elsevier’s Evolve website provides extensive support materials for students and lecturers including an interactive ebook and learning resources and activities designed specifically for Understanding Pathophysiology.

Also available for purchase is Pathophysiology Online – a complete online course that supplements the text and reinforces learning through interactive activities, self-assessment reviews and exams and Pathophysquiz an interactive mobile study guide which is available from the Apple App Store.

Key Features

• pathophysiology presented at an appropriate level for undergraduate nursing students in Australia and New Zealand
• an adaptation of a US edition – Understanding Pathophysiology, 4th Edition
• diseases are addressed according to prevalence, incidence and relevance
• a ‘systems’ approach is incorporated with a ‘lifespan’ approach within the alterations chapters
• a new section on contemporary health issues examines the effects of an aging population and lifestyle choices on a society’s overall health
• new chapters on topics including homeostasis; genes and the environment; obesity and diabetes; mental health and Indigenous health issues
• chapter outlines and key terms appear at the beginning of each chapter
• concept maps provide visual representation of the key concepts addressed in each chapter
• clinical case studies feature in each chapter to bring pathophysiology into practice
• helpful ‘focus on learning’ boxes in each chapter
• key terms are bolded in the text and listed in the glossary
• summaries of main points feature in each chapter
• review questions at chapter end are accompanied by answers provided online


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About the Author

Judy Craft

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Medical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Christopher Gordon

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, NSW

Sue Huether

Sue E. Huether, RN, PhD

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Kathryn McCance

Kathryn L. McCance, RN, PhD

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Valentina Brashers

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA