Pathophysiology incorporates basic, translational, and clinical research to advance understandings of disease and dysfunction. The study of pathophysiology involves many biomedical sciences and a wide range of research activities. Multiple aspects of cellular physiology are progressing rapidly, generating vast amounts of data to understand. The information expansion involves a greater understanding of the behavior of individual cells, their neighboring microenvironment, and the molecules that not only make up those cells but also communicate with their surroundings. Importantly, the forward movement of biomedical sciences occurs within the context of social, economic, and political processes that determine how disease is defined, experienced, and treated.
The book is organized into two parts. Part One presents the cellular and tissue responses common to disease. Normal organ system structure and function and the pathophysiology of disease, organized by body systems, are presented in Part Two. All content has been reviewed and updated with extensive new references, revised figures, and one new chapter. (Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 8th Edition, Kathryn L. McCance, Sue E. Huether; Mosby ; Preface: Page 13)