Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple
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Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple

by Aaron Berkowitz,

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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.

Companion Digital Download of Differential Diagnosis program (Win/Mac), showing the interpretation of common lab tests and patient symptoms and signs.

Excellent Board Review (USMLE Step 1, NCLX-RN)

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

  • Pages: 195
  • Publication: Edition 1 (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • Digital: Includes interactive download of Differential Diagnosis (WIN/MAC)

About the Authors

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.

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.

Companion Digital Download of Differential Diagnosis program (Win/Mac), showing the interpretation of common lab tests and patient symptoms and signs.

Excellent Board Review (USMLE Step 1, NCLX-RN)

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

  • Pages: 195
  • Publication: Edition 1 (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • Digital: Includes interactive download of Differential Diagnosis (WIN/MAC)

About the Authors

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.

Table of Contents

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  • 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

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