The 10th edition of Boyd's Introduction to the Study of Disease marks the 50th year that this excellent book has been in print. According to the preface of the 9th edition, the book was designed for "students who wish an understanding of disease, who want to know something of the anatomy, pathophysiology, and mechanisms of disease without being drowned in a torrent of detail...", ie, allied health personnel.
These aims are exactly met in 702 pages containing 26 chapters, 12 dealing with general principles of disease and 14 describing organs and their diseases. The chapters on general pathology include a historical outline; fundamentals of microanatomy and cell biology; cell injury; causes of disease; disturbances of blood flow and derangements of body fluids; inflammation and repair; the immune system and its disorders; bacterial, fungal, and viral infections; parasitic infestations; neoplasms; and inherited diseases.
The second half of the book deals with