Biology of Disease (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science)

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9780199539574: Biology of Disease (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science)

Biomedical scientists are the foundation of modern healthcare, from cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control. Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible. The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series is written to reflect the challenges of practicing biomedical science today. It draws together essential basic science with insights into laboratory practice to show how an understanding of the biology of disease is coupled to the analytical approaches that lead to diagnosis.

Assuming only a minimum of prior knowledge, the series reviews the full range of disciplines to which a Biomedical Scientist may be exposed - from microbiology to cytopathology to transfusion science. Alongside volumes exploring specific biomedical themes and related laboratory diagnosis, an overarching Biomedical Science Practice volume gives a grounding in the professional and experimental skills with which any Biomedical Scientist must be equipped.

The series
· Understands the complex roles of Biomedical Scientists in the modern practice of medicine.
· Understands the development needs of employers and the Profession.
· Addresses the need for understanding of a range of fundamental sciences in the context of Biomedicine.
· Places the theoretical aspects of Biomedical Science in their practical context.

Biology of Disease addresses the pathophysiology of specific disease states and evaluates the multidisciplinary approach to disease diagnosis and management.

Starting with an introduction to the basic concepts of health and disease, the book graduates to an in-depth discussion of disease states, while illustrating throughout how theory is linked to practice. Within each chapter case studies are used to illustrate how theory is linked to Biomedical Science practice and research strategies that are adopted to further the understanding of disease mechanisms are discussed. Written in a comprehensive and easy to understand manner, Biology of Disease clearly illustrates how the various Biomedical Science disciplines are integrated to diagnose and monitor complex disease states.

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Biology of Disease features:

For registered adopters of the book:
- Figures from the book, available to download

For students:
- An interactive Digital Microscope, encouraging the exploration of tissue samples
- Self-assessment modules to help you check and reinforce understanding of the basic science introduced in each volume
- Video podcasts including interviews with practicing biomedical scientists, and 'in the lab' footage showing biomedical science in practice

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About the Author:

Dr Roz Gibbs holds a PhD in the molecular recognition of protein-carbohydrate interactions and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Leukaemia Research Fund Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research, before joining the University of Portsmouth where she is now a Principal Lecturer in Biomedical Science.

Miss Sheelagh Heugh has a long track record as a laboratory practitioner; beginning with animal virus research and pharmaceutical research, she found her real vocation in Biomedical Science. After fourteen years as a practicing multidisciplinary Biomedical Scientist with HM Forces, she now is pursuing a career in the education of the next generation of Biomedical Scientists.

About the Author:

Roz Gibbs is Principal Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth. Sheelagh Heugh is Principal Lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

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