Ch 10: Understanding the Disease Process

About This Chapter

Make sure you understand the disease process with this chapter. You can view these video lessons and complete the quizzes to go over types of diseases and how they progress.

Understanding the Disease Process - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter as a tool to review the causes of diseases and the manner in which they spread. Our lessons will help you familiarize yourself with types of infections as well as possible ways to prevent illness. After completing this chapter, you should feel comfortable answering questions about:

  • Disease prevention
  • Possible symbiotic interactions in sickness
  • Routes of disease transmission
  • Types of diseases
  • Nosocomial infections
  • The establishment of disease

The information in our lessons is supported by our expect instructors, who are available to answer your questions about the effects of disease on humans. You'll be able to gauge your understanding of this subject with the self-assessing quizzes included with each lesson. The chapter also includes a larger test to make sure you can retain everything you study regarding illness.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Understanding the Disease Process
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Disease Control & Prevention

1. Disease Control & Prevention

This lesson will discuss the many different ways by which people can control disease. Everything from vaccination to sterilization and beyond will be mentioned so that you can better appreciate the large arsenal of tools at our disposal.

Preventing Disease: Normal Human Flora

2. Preventing Disease: Normal Human Flora

This lesson will give you a basic understanding of what human flora is. You'll learn about the different locations of flora, such as the gut, and what mutualistic, commensal, and opportunistic microbes are.

Symbiotic Interactions in Disease: Definition, Theory & Examples

3. Symbiotic Interactions in Disease: Definition, Theory & Examples

This lesson will describe something known as symbiosis and symbionts. We will explore the three main types and examples of symbiotic relationships as we define mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism.

Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

4. Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

This lesson will teach you about the five basic steps of the development of disease, what they are called, and what occurs during each phase. We'll talk about the incubation and prodromal period as well as the periods of convalescence, decline, and illness.

The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

5. The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

This lesson will discuss the different ways you can get sick. We'll discuss how pathogenic microbes can be transmitted to you or someone else as we explore horizontal and vertical transmission as well as vectors, vehicles, and fomites.

The Spread of Disease: Endemic, Epidemic & Pandemic

6. The Spread of Disease: Endemic, Epidemic & Pandemic

This lesson will talk about what an endemic disease is and how it is different from an epidemic. We'll also discuss how an epidemic differs from something known as a pandemic. Finally, we'll look at some examples of each to help solidify these points.

What Are the Types of Diseases?

7. What Are the Types of Diseases?

This lesson will focus on the different types of diseases that a person may develop or contract. We'll discuss the differences between acute, chronic, primary, secondary, local, and systemic diseases.

Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention

8. Nosocomial Infections: Definition, Causes & Prevention

In this lesson, you will learn about what a nosocomial infection is. We'll discuss, in particular, the many reasons you may get such an infection, which types of pathogens are most likely to cause one, and the most common places in your body you may acquire one.

Establishment of Disease: Entry, Dose & Virulence

9. Establishment of Disease: Entry, Dose & Virulence

This lesson will delve into what predisposes an individual to get sick. We'll talk about things like the entry, dose, and virulence of a pathogen and how they play a role in the establishment of a disease.

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