Help your students build strong clinical reasoning and clinical thinking skills
with the new edition of Ruth Werner’s bestselling pathology text for massage
therapist students, also available as an enhanced interactive eBook.
A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, 6e continues to set the standard for the course through up-to-date, high-value content, an outstanding illustration program, and the author’s trademark accessible writing style. With skill and passion, Werner makes pathology fascinating and understandable for massage therapy students as it prepares them to work independently or within a health care team to make choices that result in the best possible outcomes for clients living with a wide range of diseases and disorders.
Updated throughout to reflect the latest research, the Sixth Edition now offers a stronger focus on evidence-informed practice. And, to keep pace with evolving standards, the Sixth Edition is now ELAP-compliant, has testing formats compatible with the MBLEx exam, and features updated content consistent with the DSM-V. For prior users, a detailed chapter-by-chapter conversion guide is available to ease transition from the Fifth to the Sixth Edition.
Student Resources for each chapter:
- Engaging crossword puzzles, hangman-style games, and game show questions help build familiarity with important ideas.
- Flashcards reinforce concepts of the “In Brief” feature and a second set of flashcards reviews Greek/Latin roots and their English equivalents.
- Practice quizzes help students assess their understanding and prepare for exams.
- An Audio Glossary assists in pronunciation and key term mastery.
- Interactive Labeling Exercises give students hands-on practice in labeling figures from the book.
- Modality Recommendation Charts provide guidance on massage in different modalities for each condition.
Instructor Resources, organized by condition and chapter:
- Curriculum guidelines, “Secrets of Teaching Pathology” from the author, offer suggestions on customizing a pathology course to individual needs including how to choose content, how to use quizzes and examinations, examples of student projects, and more.
- Expanded chapter objectives are ELAP-ready for faculty convenience.
- Lecture notes in outline form can be used for teaching notes, student handouts, or both.
- An image bank with all of the art from the text is available in an easily downloadable format.
- PowerPoint slides with embedded images streamline lecture preparation.
- The Test Bank, written in 2 levels (“receive and respond”/ “application of concepts”) better reflects the MBLEx exam and is ideal for quizzes, tests, and homework assignments.
- All resources are keyed to chapter objectives for maximum usability.
- New Interactive eBook with integrated videos and resources is now available, greatly expanding the power of students to use the book on a tablet, computer or phone.
- ELAP COMPLIANT: Revised and updated Chapter Objectives, Review Questions, and Test Bank are now (ELAP) Entry-Level Analysis Project-compliant to ensure that students receive the instruction they need to work safely and competently with clients who struggle with health issues.
- ELAP COMPLIANT: Learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter, while a condition-specific list in the online student resources helps guide and customize learning.
- ELAP COMPLIANT: Review and test bank questions are now keyed to specific chapter objectives for easy use by faculty.
- ELAP COMPLIANT: Review and test bank questions are now ranked as level 1 (“receive and respond”) and level 2 (“application of concepts”) to better reflect the MBLEx exam.
- FOCUS ON MBLEx PREP: The Werner Test Generator and Quiz Bank now offers a new MBLEx-compatible question format to better prepare students for the standardized format of the only massage therapy certification exam accepted by most states.
- CRITICAL THINKING: Each chapter’s new open-ended “What Would You Do?” questions stimulate discussion, further research, and suggest student projects that emphasize skills in synthesizing, organizing, and prioritizing information.
- EVIDENCE-BASED: A new “Research” section that appears with the “risks, benefits and options” tables summarizes current published massage therapy research in the context of the condition under discussion, exposing students to research literacy and evidence-informed practice.
- CURRENT STANDARDS: Chapter 4, “Nervous System Conditions,” has been restructured and augmented to comply with DSM-5 standards (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., 2013).
- RESEARCH SKILLS: The section on how to use PubMed and Google Scholar now appears in Appendix B, Evidence-Informed Practice, to help students use reliable internet databases search to find the information they need.
- NEW PATHOLOGIES COVERED: Morton neuroma (Chapter 3); separation anxiety, bipolar disorder type 1 and type 2, cyclothymia, mixed bipolar, rapid cycling bipolar, psychotic depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, excoriation disorder, trichotillomania, hoarding disorder, dissociative PTSD, reactive attachment disorder (Chapter 4); and amputations, pulmonary fibrosis, Sjogren syndrome, hemochromatosis, bladder stones, and conjunctivitis (Appendix C, At A Glance).
- Vocabulary key word definitions now appear both in the margins of the text where the word is used in context and in the glossary. Audio links in the accompanying eBook aid in pronunciation and retention.
- Sections on “Adverse Effects” and “Evidence-Informed Practice” in Chapter 1 further reinforce the importance of evidence-based practice.
- Updated sections on “Demographics” for each condition provide context for the commonness or rarity of conditions among different massage populations.
- Over 500 conditions are covered, along with conclusions that suggest massage benefits, risks, and options for special strategies when appropriate and a brief summary of recent pertinent research with links to peer-reviewed articles.
- A full-color print illustration program captures readers’ attention and makes difficult concepts easier to grasp, and the elaborate electronic art program includes interactive labels that allow students to do labeling exercises from the book.
- Case histories and sidebars on cancer staging protocols connect learning to practice, while spotlights on famous figures (athletes, political figures, etc.) put a face on the condition.
- “In Brief” boxes summarize important information for each condition discussed, including definition, signs and symptoms, and risks and benefits.
A full suite of electronic instructor resources includes expanded chapter objectives (keyed to the test bank), Power Point slides with embedded images, an image bank, and lecture notes.
Ruth Werner LMP, NCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation