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Pathology at a Glance

Caroline Finlayson, Barry Newell

ISBN: 978-1-405-13650-1 September 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format and in full-colour, Pathology at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Reflecting changes to the curriculum content and assessment methods employed by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of pathology to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.

Pathology at a Glance:

  • Addresses the key principles of pathology that are central to medicine
  • Contains full-colour artwork throughout, making the subject easy to understand
  • Presents schematic diagrams on the left page and concise explanations on the right
  • Is divided into three sections, covering general and systematic pathology and clinical case examples
  • Contains self-assessment material, including 10 structured case study questions
  • Covers general pathology mechanisms and the clinical pathology of body systems
  • Provides key information on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical features of the major diseases

This book is an invaluable resource for all medical students, of equal benefit for those starting their study of pathology or approaching finals; for junior doctors approaching their membership exams and anybody who needs a handy reference.



General pathology.


1 The normal human cell.

2 Fluid dynamics.

Tissue damage.

3 Tissue types and damage.

4 Cell death.

5 Harmful agents in the environment.

6 Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

7 Nutritional disorders.

Inflammation and immunity.

8 The body’s natural defences.

9 B cells and immunoglobulins.

10 T cells in defence.

11 MHC and related molecules.

12 The reticuloendothelial system.

13 Acute inflammation.

14 Chronic inflammation.

15 Wound healing and repair.

16 Infective agents.

17 Shock.

18 Tolerance and autoimmune disease.

19 Hypersensitivity reactions.

20 Summary and overview of inflammation.


21 Cell division.

22 Genetic disease.


23 Disordered cell growth.

24 Basic concepts in neoplasia.

25 Principles of oncogenesis.

26 Oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes.

27 Common histological subtypes.

28 Tumour prognosis, prevention and treatment.

Systems pathology.

Multisystems disease.

29 Sarcoidosis, Syphilis.

30 Haemochromatosis, Wilson’s disease.

31 Systemic vasculitis.

Cardiovascular disease.

32 Properties of normal blood vessels.

33 Congenital heart disease.

34 Systemic hypertension.

35 Atherogenesis.

36 Ischaemic Heart Disease.

37 Thrombosis.

38 Embolism and DIC.

39 Valvular disease.

40 Myocardial and pericardial disease.

Respiratory disease.

41 Pulmonary vascular disease.

42 Pneumonia.

43 Bronchiectasis.

44 Tuberculosis.

45 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

46 Fibrosing alveolitis.

47 Primary lung cancer.

48 Pleural and other tumours.

Gastrointestinal tract disease.

49 Malabsorption.

50 Peptic ulceration, Helicobacter pylori and NSAIDs.

51 Reflux, Barrett’s oesophagus, cancer of the oesophagus.

52 Tumours of stomach and small intestines.

53 Diverticulosis, other mechanical disorders.

54 Chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

55 Polyps and cancer of colorectum and anus.

Hepatic and pancreaticobiliary disease.

56 Normal liver and effects of liver damage.

57 Jaundice, gallstones and carcinoma of gallbladder.

58 Alcoholic & non-alcoholic liver disease.

59 Autoimmune hepatitis, PBC & PSC.

60 Viral hepatitis.

61 Cirrhosis.

62 Acute and chronic pancreatitis.

63 Tumours of the liver, biliary tree and pancreas.

Genitourinary tract disease.

64 Developmental and inherited disorders.

65 The nephron and renal aspects of hypertension.

66 Patterns of glomerulonephritis.

67 Glomerulonephritis – important types.

68 Tubulointerstitial diseases.

69 Renal cell carcinoma.

70 Bladder tumours.

71 Testicular tumours.

72 Disorders of the prostate.

Gynaecological and obstetric disease.

73 Cysts and tumours of the ovary.

74 Benign uterine conditions.

75 Uterine cancer.

76 Cervical cancer.

77 Obstetric pathology.

78 Paediatric tumours.

Nervous system disease.

79 Raised intracranial pressure.

80 Intracranial haemorrhage.

81 Stroke.

82 Stroke syndromes.

83 Central nervous system tumours.

84 Infections.

85 Movement disorders.

86 Demyelinating diseases.

87 Dementia.

Endocrine disease.

88 Pituitary disorders.

89 Non-neoplastic thyroid disorders.

90 Thyroid neoplasms.

91 Parathyroid pathology.

92 Adrenal pathology.

93 Diabetes mellitus.

Head and neck pathology.

94 Head and neck pathology.

Lymphoreticular disease.

95 Lymphoma.

96 Multiple myeloma.

97 Assorted haematological disorders.

Musculoskeletal disease.

98 Muscle disorders.

99 Arthritis.

100 Non-neoplastic Osteoarticular disorders.

101 Bone tumours.

Skin disease.

102 Inflammatory dermatoses.

103 Benign skin tumours.

104 Malignant skin tumours.

Breast disease.

105 Benign breast disorders.

106 Breast disease: breast carcinoma.

Self-assessment case studies.

Appendix: Normal values.

Glossary of terms.


"Pathology at a Glance sets a standard in how illustrators and authors combine their creative skills to provide an enjoyable learning experience. The text is succinct yet includes all recent developments." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, December 2009)
● A brand new title in the at a Glance biomedical sciences collection
● Provides key information on the occurrence, mechanistic cause and clinical appearance of the major diseases students need to understand
● Divided into three sections, covering general, systematic and multi-system pathology
● Case studies and full colour diagrams aid learning and recall