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May 11, 1984

Review of Pathophysiology

Author Affiliations

Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia

JAMA. 1984;251(18):2434. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340420094038

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The authors of this review of pathophysiology integrate the principles of basic medical science with the introductory principles of clinical medicine, and they manage to do this in a realistic and coherent manner. Clinical cases are described at the end of each chapter to epitomize the new principles.

The text is admirably suited to the needs of a sophomore medical student taking a course in physical diagnosis or introduction to clinical medicine. However, it lacks the depth and breadth of coverage that would satisfy the advanced student, resident, or practicing physician.

Although the text is generally clear and informative, some of the illustrations are less so. A few are confusing; others are excellent but lack labels sufficiently clear for second-year students. However, I do not want to be contentious about this because many of the figures are good and the text is self-explanatory without illustrations. For example, one of the