Robbins Basic Pathology 9th Edition PDF
FORTY YEARS OF BASIC PATHOLOGY As we reach the 40th year of the publication of Robbins Basic Pathology, it is useful to quote Stanley Robbins from the Preface of the first edition (1971): “Of books as well as men, it may be observed that fat ones contain thin ones struggling to get out. In a sense, this book bears such a relationship to its more substantial progenitor, Robbins Pathology. It arose from an appreciation of the modern medical student’s dilemma. As the curriculum has become restructured to place greater emphasis on clinical experience, time for reading is correspondingly curtailed. … In writing this book, rare and esoteric lesions are omitted without apology, and infrequent or trivial ones described only briefly. We felt it important, however, to consider rather fully the major disease entities.” The goals of this edition of “baby Robbins” remain true to this vision of Stanley Robbins. This is an exciting time for students of medicine because the fundamental mechanisms of disease are being unveiled at a breathtaking pace.
Pathology is central to understanding the molecular basis of disease, and we have tried to capture the essence of this new knowledge in the ninth edition of Robbins Basic Pathology. We firmly believe that pathology forms the scientific foundation of medicine, and advances in the basic sciences ultimately help us in understanding diseases in the individual patient. Thus, while many of the new discoveries in genomics and personalized medicine are covered in the initial chapters on general pathology, we have strived to include the impact of scientific advances on diseases of organ systems described throughout the text. To emphasize the importance of disease mechanisms in the practice of medicine, we have highlighted sections dealing with pathogenesis. In recent years an understanding of the molecular basis of disease has led to the development of “targeted therapies.” These are highlighted in the form of “Targeted Therapy” boxes in the online edition of this book. We hope that this new feature will provide examples of “bench-to-bedside” medicine. Although many of the “breakthroughs” in the laboratory have not yet reached the bedside, we have included them in measured “doses” so that students can begin to experience the excitement that is ahead in their careers.