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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph P. Zbilnt, PhD, DNSc, RN,C(Rush University)
Description: Presented from systems and functional viewpoints, this book is a handy reference guide to anatomy and physiology. It contains both general and specific information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a convenient reference which is complete, succinct, and easy to use for daily consultation, as well as decisions about treatments encountered in practice.
Audience: The audience is allied health care professionals.
Features: Features include color drawings and half-tones; anatomic overview; review of chemistry; sections on nutrition, metabolism, fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance; "points to remember"; a color atlas; brief glossary; a brief self assessment test; an index; and a pocket-sized format with spiral binding.
Assessment: Although this reference condenses anatomy and physiology, its clinical utility is somewhat limited in that it does not cover aspects of physiology which are becoming more and more important. Specifically, topics. such as cell signaling and neurohormonal systems are unevenly presented. In this respect, the goal of providing anatomy and physiology information regarding treatment is not adequately met. The glossary is short (five pages) and it is not clear why a reference would include a critical thinking self-test. As such it may be more useful for students or beginning practitioners, as opposed to established clinicians.