Handbook of Pathology and Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Disease

  • Stephen M. Factor
  • Maria A. Lamberti-Abadi
  • Jacobo Abadi

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 240)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Pages 75-117
  3. Pages 119-136
  4. Pages 137-169
  5. Pages 171-189
  6. Pages 191-202
  7. Pages 203-219
  8. Pages 221-228
  9. Pages 229-239
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 299-312

About this book


Autopsy derives from the greek word autopsia, which means act of seeing with one’s own eyes. It remains the most objective and accurate method to understand human. disease. Unfortunately, the volume of autopsies in teaching hospitals has decreased dramatically over the past years. The crucial factors that account for this are the recent progress and development of new technologies, especially in diagnostic imaging, immunology, cell biology and genetics. Additionally, the perpetual fear of legal liability by physicians accounts for its further decline. Consequently, physicians and medical students are engaged in fewer autopsies and are not reaping the rich educational rewards that accompany these examinations. The purpose of the autopsy is not only to establish the cause of death, but also to determine the nature and course of the disease process. Our goal with this book is to emphasize the importance of the post-mortem exam and the correlation between pathologic material and clinical data by analyzing actual cases with problem-based methodology. The focus of this handbook is on cardiovascular disease, and when appropriate, other disease categories are included if they have an impact on cardiovascular function. The approach is more than the usual clinico-pathological correlation. Rather, we attempt to present the material from the perspective of the autopsy table. We use the clinical data as the initial framework and the autopsy findings to develop a true understanding of the disease and the associated pathophysiology of the condition.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen M. Factor
    • 1
  • Maria A. Lamberti-Abadi
    • 1
  • Jacobo Abadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronx

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-7542-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47575-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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