Advanced Patho book?

  1. I would like to know which book is good for my family nurse practitioner, advanced patho course that I'm taking this semester. I know it's sort of late to ask since I'm already 8 weeks into the semester. My instructor decided to go with the Pathophysiology book by Copstead/Banasik (2010) 4th edition which I bought from Amazon and it's the same book that the undergraduate students are using! Last time I took patho was in 2006. What do you think about this book:

    I've heard McCance & Huether's book is for advanced patho reading. There's a new 6th edition out and the cover looks cool .

    This course is online and has a lot of busy work but I am still doing the readings. I just want to know if there's more advanced information from other textbooks. I am able to go online to my University's online library to read from various sources and also some textbooks but they don't have these books on there. I could also access eMedicine from my school's online health sciences library but I just think having a comprehensive advanced patho textbook is good for me to have and read and to take to starbucks to read before I go out to chill with friends. Please let me know what your experiences are with these textbooks. If the McCance & Huether's 6th edition textbook is more advanced and a fit for FNPs, then I'm going to buy that, then sell my "undergrad" pathophysiology book 4th ed. by Copstead/Banasik. Thanks.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Yep the McCance and Heuther is sitting beside me on the floor as I type - lol....

    We are using it for my advanced peds pathophys.
  4. by   FNPdude74
    So should I purchase the 6th edition of McCance & Huether's pathophysiology book and sell the patho book I have by Copstead/Banasik 4th ed?
  5. by   traumaRUs
    How much are you going to use it? I mean would Up To Date be just as good and have more current info?

    I don't use my textbooks except for work, I have Up To Date which I use often
  6. by   pedspnp
    Quote from traumaRUs
    How much are you going to use it? I mean would Up To Date be just as good and have more current info?

    I don't use my textbooks except for work, I have Up To Date which I use often
    who pays for your up to date i checked and it is expensive
  7. by   FNPdude74
    Yeah I looked up Up-to-Date and it's like $1000+/year subscription!!
  8. by   traumaRUs
    It's $434/year if you get multiple subscriptions - my practice pays for it!
  9. by   FNPdude74
    How lucky you are! Is it better compared to iphone apps like Medscape, MDConsult...etc?
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Yes, because its more current. Its considered the gold standard in my area and I would suspect in the US in general.

    You can get it on your iphone too but its just as easy to pull it up on a computer.
  11. by   wowza
    Robbins and Cotran is probably the gold standard advanced path/pathophys book. It is the one most medical schools use.

    here is the last edition. You dont need the most recent edition because you will just be wasting money:
  12. by   Elginite
    I just wrote on another post about this so it's fresh in my mind. Uptodate is pricey and the information is 6 months old (that's old by the digital age standards). is also pricey ($349 a year), and only lets you go to the site to search. They do have CME info there though. is a good price ($89/year) and sends you an email every week with the newest abstracts/citations from PubMed in the medical fields you select so you can stay informed, plus it has a good search function of PubMed that was designed by medical librarians. These are the same people who publish Doody's Book Reviews which is well respected in the medical field.
  13. by   ACorEtACri
    I was wondering how the McMance book worked out. We are using it for the bsn portion of our program. I guess we might be using for the graduate portion too. Most people don't read it because it is so intense, but I like all the details. I feel without the details you can't make everything fit into the big picture. I do have a bias as my first degree is biology though.
  14. by   CRF250Xpert
    Mine was a Kumar...hard as heck to read, very detailed, but if you highlight the highlights - you end up highlighting the whole book. Kumar does not tell you what is really important versus what you'll never see. UTD, Ferri's, Glass' (gyn) Sadock (yuk) are decent refs. Path never changes, so pick one you like.