1st Edition

Biology for the Health Sciences Mechanisms of Disease

By Mark F Wiser Copyright 2023
    516 Pages 332 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    516 Pages 332 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    516 Pages 332 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    Biology is central to our understanding of health and disease and to the development of effective treatments, and thus it is critical that health professionals have a solid grounding and knowledge comfort in the pathogenesis and mechanisms of disease processes. This innovative new textbook draws these topics together, providing an accessible introduction across four central disciplines - basic biology, biotechnology, non-infectious disease and infectious disease.

    Key Features:

    • Provides students of biology and those going into health care professions with a strong foundation to understand the pathogenesis of disease at the molecular and cellular level
    • Focuses on the etiology and pathophysiology of the major human diseases by body system, including diabetes and nutritional disorders, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer, aligned to medicine and health science course structure
    • Covers mechanisms of infectious disease transmission, as well as disease pathophysiology, and considers the impact of antibiotic resistance
    • Reviews the applications of biotechnology and genomics to human health in diagnosis and treatment, as well as to our understanding of disease and disease surveillance
    • Each chapter contains a mini glossary of key terms and associated definitions, and review questions allow students to assess how much of the chapter they have understood
    • Digital resources accompany the textbook, such as interactive quizzes for students to engage with and figure slides of the book's illustrations that instructors can use in lectures

    Enhanced throughout with plentiful illustrations, Biology for the Health Sciences is an essential companion for any student of the health sciences and for biological science students studying the causes of disease as part of a wider course.

    1. Chemical Basis of Life
    2. Cell Structure and Function
    3. Protein Structure and Function
    4. Molecular Biology
    5. Genetics and Evolution
    6. Genomics and the Omics Revolution
    7. Genetic Engineering
    8. Cell Differentiation and Stem Cells
    9. The Immune System
    10. Disease Overview and Molecular Biomarkers
    11. Genetic Diseases
    12. Nutritional Disorders
    13. Diabetes
    14. Cardiovascular Disease
    15. Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiorenal Syndrome
    16. Cancer
    17. Immunological Disorders
    18. Drug Misuse Associated Disorders
    19. Infectious Diseases
    20. Respiratory tract Infections
    21. Diarrheal Diseases
    22. HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    23. Malaria and other Vector Transmitted Diseases
    24. Parasitic Helminths


    Mark F. Wiser is Associate Professor and Vice Chair, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA