A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology - 7th Edition

by Books of Discovery
Updated For 2020.
Life-long Clinical Reference.
Over 500 Conditions Discussed.
Vocabulary, Keywords, Definitions.
Elaborate Print And Electronic Art Program.
Testing Formats Compatible With The MBLEx Exam.
Critical Thinking, Open Ended Questions Emphasized.
Features Updated Content Consistent With The DSM-V.
In Text/ebook Links To Pertinent Videos And Animations.
Client Profiles Relate Course Material To Real-life Situations.
Conclusions That Suggest Massage Benefits, Risks, Options For Special Strategies.
Brief Summaries Of Recent Pertinent Research With Links To Peer-Reviewed Articles.
Interactive Labels In The Electronic Resources That Allow Labeling Exercises From The Book.
Connecting Learning To Practice: Case Histories, Sidebars On Cancer Staging Protocols, Spotlights On Famous Figures.
Apply What You Know Boxes Include The Benefits And Risks Of Treatment, Massage Therapy Accommodations, And Current Research.
Focus On Understanding Pathology Concepts And How They Impact Practical Application In The Session Room.
ELAP Compliant Chapter Objectives, Review Questions, Test Bank.
How To Use PubMed, Google Scholar Resources.
Completely Updated Research.
Written By Ruth Werner.


Video Library, Answers to Chapter Review Questions, Massage Therapy in Hospitals Appendix, Research Literacy Appendix
Medications Appendix, Bibliography.


Power Point Slides With Embedded Images, Image Bank, Lecture Notes.
A Full Suite Of Electronic Resources & Materials Including Expanded Chapter Objectives With Test Bank Keyed To Them And Organized By Medical Condition, Chapter So You Can Create Customized Teaching Materials. Curriculum Templates, Image Banks, Research Literacy Appendix, Massage Therapy in Hospitals Appendix, Medications Appendix, Bibliography, Video Library.

7th Edition

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology (MTGP), 7th edition, which was updated for 2020, continues to set the standard for pathology courses with up-to-date, high-value content, an outstanding illustration program, and the author’s trademark accessible, friendly writing style. With skill and passion, Werner’s text 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.

Reflecting the latest research, the seventh edition offers a strong focus on evidence-informed massage practice. And, to keep pace with evolving standards, it is 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.

MTGP has been a cornerstone text in massage curricula since its first edition in 1998. Since then it has evolved to meet both the changing needs in massage therapy education, and changing information in the field of pathology and massage therapy research. The tth edition puts increased focus on understanding pathology concepts and how they impact practical application in the session room. Using well-established educational building blocks, it takes learners from key-word vocabulary through to complex decision-making.


Revised Explore and Apply Questions at the end of each chapter delve into critical thinking steps.

Client Profiles relate course material to real-life situations, making pathology relevant for students.

Critical Thinking, Practical Application Exercises let students apply pathology to the client profiles and engage in real-world learning.

Apply What You Know Boxes include the benefits and risks of treatment, massage therapy accommodations, and current research.

Completely Updated Research assists students in designing safe, effective, evidence-informed treatment plans.


Prepare for effective practice with up-to-date coverage of over 500 conditions, including the massage benefits, risks, and options, and where appropriate a brief summary of recent research findings.

Guide and reinforce your learning through the use of ELAP-compatible Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter, and the enhanced "Explore and Apply" section at the end.

Connect learning to practice through case histories, sidebars on cancer staging protocols, and spotlights on famous figures.

Deepen your understanding by viewing pertinent videos and animations that clarify important concepts.

Prepare for the Massage Therapy Certification exam accepted by most states with MBLEx-compatible quiz and test questions.

Help your students build strong clinical reasoning skills with the new edition of Ruth Werner’s bestselling pathology text for massage therapist students. (Also available as an enhanced interactive eBook.)


Engaging crossword puzzles, hangman-style games, and gameshow 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.


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.

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.

ISBN #: 978-0-9982663-4-3

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