The Scientific Basis for Health Care
- By: Victoria K Reeves
I selected this book on the basis of its title, expecting a diatribe on the dangers of modern health care. What I encountered was the exact opposite: a splendidly written summary of the foundations of health care at the turn of the millennium.
The book covers a vast quantity of information yet presents it in a readable form. It is divided into sections on cell biology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, and pathology. Each section contains chapters covering broad topics of medical practice, such as pharmacokinetics, autoimmunity, and control of hospital infections. Chapters in the pathology section are dealing with the diseases affecting individual systems.
Each chapter is preceded by a set of learning objectives, and the key points are summarised at the end. There are also references for further reading. The book is well illustrated, with clear diagrams throughout, and most chapters contain case studies that help illustrate the principles that