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January 8, 1982

Pathophysiology: The Biological Principles of Disease

Author Affiliations

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1982;247(2):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270061029

This book is to be part of a three-volume International Textbook of Medicine that would serve the student in a developing country as well as his more sophisticated counterpart in high-technology countries. There will also be a volume on microbiology, and Cecil's Textbook of Medicine will complete the set.

The editors propose to "integrate key aspects of the scientific basis of medical practice." This is accomplished in 16 chapters representing the standard subspecialties of internal medicine as well as some of the more basic general disciplines, including "Cell Biology," "Immunology," "Genetics," and "Clinical Pharmacology." The text is formidable in size, but fluent and conducive to reading long passages at one sitting. The authors are recognized authorities who also happen to write well. While there is a conceptual pattern bringing all the diverse parts into unity, one can still detect individual style.

The style is frugal, and sufficiently packed with meaning