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Pathophysiology Resources (Nursing)

Pathophysiology Research Guide


: the physiology of abnormal states; specifically :

the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease


Pathophysiology is a combination of two medical fields: physiology and pathology. Physiology is the study of the human body and its functions; pathology is the study of disease. Pathophysiology is the study of changes in the body occurring because of a disease or injury. Because understanding the progression of a disease is essential to learning how to identify and treat it, pathophysiology is a required area of study for most people in the medical profession, including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. (Warnes, K. P., 2013, Pathophysiology. Salem Press Encyclopedia Research Starters.)

This guide was created for Nursing Students at Northwestern Polytechnic. It is meant to provide students with an idea of what types of materials we have that will be pertinent to their studies. However, it not an exhaustive resource. If you are unable to locate a specific resource, please consult with Learning Commons staff who will be more than happy to assist you.