Hmmm, thought it was slightly different...pathophysiology is the way physiology is affected by pathologic processes.Originally posted by sardarg89
pathology= classification and description of disease.
pathophysiology= the physiologic mechanism leading to disease/pathology.
If you want to really understand pathophysiology, I very highly recommend just reading up on the specific disease in Harrison's. Not many things come as close in terms of comprehensive information. For my pathophysiology class (PBL), there are three books I swear by: Robbins (for gross/micro changes), Harrison's (for all other info), and Pathophysiology for the Boards and Wards (succint information, excellent for a quick read on the pathophys as well as for clinical diagnosis). Any questions not answered by these sources I then find in disease-specific texts and research literature.Originally posted by jed2023
If you want a more concrete feeling for what I am talking about, compare the two review books, BRS Pathology and Pathophysiology for the Boards and Wards. The former just describes lots of diseases and their major highlights. The latter does much of the same but also has explanations with arrows going up and down, flow charts, and more answers to the question, "Why?"