Chapter 1

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

It was very interesting to read about the top 10 causes of death in the United States (2000). The text listed these as (in order from the most prevalent): heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, diabetes, pneumonia/ influenza, Alzheimer’s disease, Nephritis, (including nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis), and septicemia. I also was surprised to learn that although injuries resulting from violence or accidents are leading killers for children and young adults, the vast majority of Americans die from disease. There has also been much media educating the public about heart disease, as well as it’s effects on the population as a whole and women in particular. Being that February is Heart Disease Awareness month and the "GO RED" campaign for women is widely popularized, there is information all around us, from TV commercials to the designs on cans of soda! When reading and learning that heart disease is the leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older, it is important to devote resources for prevention, education and investigating treatments for heart disease. Additionally, it is important for message therapists to have this information, and to use it to aid in their intake of clients as well as medical recommendations. Message therapists that are aware of the signs and symptoms can relay this to their clients or refer them for additional assessment from other medical professionals.

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