The updates for the seventh edition of Understanding Pathophysiology, include a simplification of the content to make it less complex and easier for student comprehension. The primary focus of the text is the pathophysiology associated with the most common diseases. Some of the molecular and cellular content has been rewritten into more general explanations of disease processes.
The text has also been written to assist students with the translation of the concepts and processes of pathophysiology into clinical practice and to promote lifelong learning. For preparatory knowledge, students need to have a good understanding of human organ system anatomy and physiology. Because of the rapidly evolving discovery of disease mechanisms and treatment at the molecular and cellular level, students also need to have a working understanding of cell structure and function. (Understanding Pathophysiology 7th Edition; Sue E. Huether, Kathryn L. McCance; Elsevier ; Preface: Page vii)