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Chemistry Case Studies for Allied Health

Colleen Kelley, Wendy Weeks

ISBN: 978-0-470-03976-2 March 2006 96 Pages


This manual was designed to bring relevance and critical thinking skills to the allied health chemistry course. Students are encouraged to become ?diagnosticians? and apply their newly-acquired chemistry knowledge to solving real life health and environmental cases.

The book is an ideal complement to any GOB (allied health) chemistry course, but works particularly well with the Raymond GOB text. Raymond?s integrated table of contents allows students to delve into organic and biochemical topics much earlier in the course giving them a more holistic view of the field. The case manual also encourages a holistic approach by asking students to synthesize information across topics.

There are 33 cases in the Kelley,Weeks Case Studies manual organized according the objectives and chapter organization of the Raymond book.

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Chapter 1 Science and Measurement

case 1: Uncovering the Source of a Coma

case 2: How Much is Too Much?

Chapter 2 Atoms and Elements

case 3: Chelated Calcium

case 4: The Discovery of Guacamolium (Gu)

case 5: Running from Radiation

Chapter 3 Compounds

case 6: Swimming in Chromium

case 7: Consuming Chromium

Chapter 4 An Introduction to Organic

case 8: Molecules in the Movies

case 9: Food and Forensics

Chapter 5 Gases, Liquids, and Solids

case 10: Diving and Flying

case 11: Vomiting on Vacation

Chapter 6 Reactions

case 12: All '-Caines' are Not the same

case 13: Malaria and Methemoglobin

Chapter 7 Solutions, Colloids, and Suspensions

case 14: Surviving a Ship-Wreck

case 15: Vanishing Varicose Veins

case 16: Ineffective Antibiotics

Chapter 8 Lipids and Membranes

case 17: OTCs for Arthritis

case 18: Patch Me Up

Chapter 9 Acids, Bases, and Equilibrium

case 19: Only Half Awake

case 20: Diaper Rash Dilemma

Chapter 10 Carboxylic Acids, Phenols, and Amines

case 21: Treatments for Toothaches

case 22: pH and the Parasite

case 23: Which Vitamin C is Best for Me

case 24: Medicine in the Mirror

Chapter 11 Alcohols, Ethers, Aldehydes, and Ketones

case 25: Sweet, Clear, Colorless, and Deadly

case 26: Gallstones and Gasoline

Chapter 12 Carbohydrates

case 27: Scanning for Sugars

case 28: A Polyhydroxy What?

Chapter 13 Peptides, Proteins, and Enzymes

case 29: The Case of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

case 30: A Boost for Red Blood Cells

Chapter 14 Nucleic Acids

case 31: Surviving with Sickle Cell Anemia

Chapter 15 Metabolism

case 32: Intermingled Pathways

case 33: WARNING! Detour Ahead
  • Case Studies Approach

Students are asked to work in groups to solve real life health and environmental cases. The case studies approach is very common in other allied health classes and brings relevance to the chemistry class. Students also learn to think like diagnosticians to approach and solve a problem

  • Active Learning/Group Work

Students work together in groups to solve the case. This collaboration helps train them for their future careers where they will most often work as part of a team to provide patient care.

  • Instructor’s Manual

An Instructor’s Manual is available to accompany the Kelley/Weeks text. The manual provides detailed answers and also gives guidance and advice on how to teach using a case approach.