This work is intended as a review for students during their preclinical years and while preparing for examinations, such as the To this effect, the organization of this book follows that of most primary texts in the field and parallels the syllabus used in pathophysiology courses in medical schools throughout the United States. Ample space is provided for students to make notes during course study and while viewing the online videos that cover each section of the text.
We recommend that students use Fundamentals of Pathology during their medical courses, taking notes in the margin as pertinent topics are covered. When exam time comes around, these notes will likely be invaluable.
For examination preparation, we suggest students read the material first, then listen to the online lecture, and then reread the material to develop a solid grasp of each topic. One should not become disheartened if they are not able to retain all the information contained herein. This deceptively slim volume covers a tremendous amount of material, and repetition will be a key aid as you progress in your studies.
An effort has been made to emphasize concepts and principles over random facts, the forest rather than the trees. Attention to the same by the student will provide a deeper, more meaningful understanding of human disease. We must always remind ourselves that ultimately our goal is to learn, to share, and to serve. Fundamentals of Pathology was developed with this goal in mind.
This work would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of those around me. To begin with, I would like to acknowledge Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad, whose clear vision has guided me to horizons I would never have known. My family is to be acknowledged for their limitless sacrifice, in particular the constant encouragement and support of my wife Amina, who has proved through the years to be the wind under my wings. Thomas Krausz, MD and Aliya Husain, MD (both Professors of Pathology at the University of Chicago) deserve particular mention for their valuable advice and guiding vision, both in the development of this book as well as my career. Special thanks to the multiple reviewers at medical centers throughout the country for their critical comments, in particular Mir Basharath Alikhan, MD (Pathology resident, University of Chicago) and Joshua T.B. Williams (Class of 2013, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago) for their extensive review. Olaf Nelson (Chinook Design, Inc.) is to be commended for his excellent layout and design. Finally, I would be remiss without acknowledging my students, who give meaning to what I do.
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