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

That’s a unique perspective on the epidemic. Fascinating! Chapter 12, again, started out promising enough. There are copious amounts of information in the beginning, including substantial sections on evaluating cancer patients and helping them or making them comfortable. There were, again, really good diagrams on cancer cell development, tumors, and growths of all kinds. The pathological segments were great and informative. Then, of course, and no longer to my surprise, they started to show surgically extracted tumors as well as brains. Again, if I can’t see it from the surface, why bother? I need to evaluate people for a safe treatment plan based on a visual and palpatory examination, in addition to one or more intake forms and doctor’s notes. I don’t need to see a malignant kidney tumor, or brain cancer. There’s no way for me to confirm that on a client. If anything, more graphic images ought to be considered for an index in the back of the book. Seeing those images can’t help be become a better massage therapist. It’s extra information, that may be good for those continuing into the medical field, but not as much for people who went into massage to avoid cadavers.

Original Post
March 18, 2010
Title: Cancer
Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.
Cancer is important for me to be aware of because, living in LA, skin cancer is still rising even though most people are aware of how to prevent it. This is a disturbing fact, because I worked as a lifeguard for several years, and witnessed many people being in the sun for hours on end without applying sun tan lotion. I would hate to be the person who finds evidence of cancer on a client, as I feel this is the doctor’s place to do so, as well as I do not want to be the bearer of anything but good news while in session.

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