A good patho, pharm book?

  1. Can anyone recommend some good patho and pharm books? I'm in my final semester and this semester will focus on management, leadership, organization, role transition, etc. which is fine but I still want to stay abreast of patho and pharm...particularly b/c pharm is an area that I am weak in (at least in my eyes I am weak in it).

    So I figured I could pick up a few books to work on in my free time...(haha what is that LOL!).

    Any suggestions? Why do you like that particular book?
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  3. by   BoonersmomRN
    This is the Patho book I own and I love it. It's very informative and precise.

    Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 5th ed by Kathryn McCance


    as for Pharm I have this one....I like it...it's an easy read and that's a biggie for me!


    Pharmacology : A Nursing Process Approach
    by Kee, Hayes, and McCuistion
  4. by   cherokeesummer
    Thanks! I will check into these, maybe my school library has them too that would be nice!
  5. by   marilynmom
    Quote from BoonersMom

    Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 5th ed by Kathryn McCance
    That is the one my school uses as well.
  6. by   nursekatie22
    *ditto* those are good, especially the pharmacology book. They used a different one at my first school and it wasn't as good/easy to read.
  7. by   Daytonite
    while on my short vacation i happened to go into a bookstore where i was looking at a book titled pathophysiology: a 2 in 1 reference for nurses published by mosby's, or what they now call lww. in thumbing through the book i noticed that it is organized by diseases and gives a pretty good breakdown of the cause of the disease and nursing interventions. i believe it also listed tests that would be ordered. can't remember all the information given. i did order the book from b&n online, however. it's online description says that it has 250 diseases listed in it. there was a second book called signs & symptoms: a 2 in 1 reference for nurses as well. this one i spent more time looking at. i was reading "abdominal pain" and was quite impressed at how in depth it went in not only it's assessment, but what might be the causes of the abdominal pain. i also looked at chest pain as well.

    does anyone have these two books that they could give a review or critique on them for cherokeesummer? i think both books are going to prove to be good resources. price is about $40 each so they are not all that cheap and they are about 2 inches thick so they are also big.

    here are two pharmacology sites you might find helpful:
    http://www.pharmacology2000.com/learning2.htm - an online "textbook" of pharmacology. site includes outlines of pharmacology information plus practice questions, flashcards and tests. answers to tests are online.

    http://www.kumc.edu/research/medicin.../cai/menu1.htm - this is an online tutorial on pharmacologyfrom the university of kansas medical center of drugs by their classification or by use in disease. this site was designed to teach students of medicine and pharmacy and has good information. most of the information is organized into several pages of tutorials where you are given drug or drug classification information and then presented with a question to answer before you can move on to the next piece of information.
  8. by   psychonaut
    Quote from cherokeesummer
    Can anyone recommend some good patho and pharm books? I'm in my final semester and this semester will focus on management, leadership, organization, role transition, etc. which is fine but I still want to stay abreast of patho and pharm...particularly b/c pharm is an area that I am weak in (at least in my eyes I am weak in it).

    So I figured I could pick up a few books to work on in my free time...(haha what is that LOL!).

    Any suggestions? Why do you like that particular book?
    Are we talking textbook, drug reference, study guide,...?

    If we're talking texts, I'm a Lehne man:

    http://allnurses.com/nursingbooks/sh...1&i=1416025529

    Great descriptions of disease states and pathophys (often better than the crappy patho book we used, Copstead & Banasik), on top of all of the pharm (which is my personal joy in life, so I may be a bit biased).

    Other than that, go to a used book store and see if they have a relatively recent PDR for sale cheap (I currently have a 2001). I'm talking about the bigg'un...love that thing, and I'm about ready to find a more recent one as that ones getting a bit out of date.

    This isn't a book, but a site I've found very useful and informative:

    Overview of Drug Interactions Modulated by Cytochrome P450
    "Overview of Drug Interactions Modulated by Cytochrome P450"
  9. by   fishchick72
    My fave patho book is "Essentials of Pathophysiology" by Carol Mattson Porth
  10. by   cherokeesummer
    Quote from daytonite
    while on my short vacation i happened to go into a bookstore where i was looking at a book titled pathophysiology: a 2 in 1 reference for nurses published by mosby's, or what they now call lww. in thumbing through the book i noticed that it is organized by diseases and gives a pretty good breakdown of the cause of the disease and nursing interventions. i believe it also listed tests that would be ordered. can't remember all the information given. i did order the book from b&n online, however. it's online description says that it has 250 diseases listed in it. there was a second book called signs & symptoms: a 2 in 1 reference for nurses as well. this one i spent more time looking at. i was reading "abdominal pain" and was quite impressed at how in depth it went in not only it's assessment, but what might be the causes of the abdominal pain. i also looked at chest pain as well.

    does anyone have these two books that they could give a review or critique on them for cherokeesummer? i think both books are going to prove to be good resources. price is about $40 each so they are not all that cheap and they are about 2 inches thick so they are also big.

    here are two pharmacology sites you might find helpful:
    http://www.pharmacology2000.com/learning2.htm - an online "textbook" of pharmacology. site includes outlines of pharmacology information plus practice questions, flashcards and tests. answers to tests are online.

    http://www.kumc.edu/research/medicin.../cai/menu1.htm - this is an online tutorial on pharmacologyfrom the university of kansas medical center of drugs by their classification or by use in disease. this site was designed to teach students of medicine and pharmacy and has good information. most of the information is organized into several pages of tutorials where you are given drug or drug classification information and then presented with a question to answer before you can move on to the next piece of information.


    awesome thanks! sounds like i might go to bn and get a starbucks and read!
  11. by   cherokeesummer
    Not a drug guide but something to help me learn the drugs well and for patho to help me link the disease/assessments/tests together...does that make sense LOL!

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