As mentioned, each chapter ends with a collection of Case Studies. These clinical problems give students an opportunity to test their understanding of the pathophysiology of each clinical entity discussed, and to apply their knowledge to exemplar clinical situations. In this seventh edition, an additional 9 Case Studies with Questions have been added by Yeong Kwok, MD, bringing the total number to 120, or one for each of the clinical entities discussed in the book's 24 chapters. As before, detailed analyses of the cases appear in Chapter 25: Case Study Answers; Dr. Kwok has added Answers to the new Case Studies and updated the existing answers to reflect the changes made by chapter authors in their revisions.
Finally, the seventh edition of Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine has more than two dozen new illustrations in its attractive four-color design and layout.
With publication of this seventh edition, the editors want to extend special thanks, not only to the contributors old and new, but also to the students and colleagues who have offered helpful comments and criticisms for each of the previous editions. The authors and editors continue to welcome comments and recommendations for future editions, in writing or via electronic mail. The editors' and authors' institutional and e-mail addresses are given in the Authors section.
Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Stephen J. McPhee, MD
San Francisco, California