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From The CriticsReviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: The 7th edition of Seely, Stephens, & Tate's text is a basic, yet comprehensive, overview of human anatomy and physiology. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The authors state the purpose of this text is to enhance the accuracy and clarity of the revisions completed in the previous edition. Certainly the goal of improving the ability of the reader to understand such complex material is both worthwhile and commendable. Evidence of meeting this objective can be seen in the superb illustrations and photographs found abundantly throughout the text.
Audience: According to the authors, the text is designed for the student pursuing a health-related career. It would most appropriately be useful to college level students such as nurses, physical therapists, and others studying for professional health careers. The complexity of the material hampers its usefulness to students working towards careers in ancillary health care services ie nursing assistants, EMT's, etc. The authors' credentials speak to their credibility and ability to write this text.
Features: "All human body systems are covered in this text as well as ancillary chapters that review related content such as growth, development, nutrition, and metabolism. In addition to the exquisite illustrations and photographs, each chapter concludes with a summary, extensive review questions and critical thinking exercises that encourage the learner to develop a deeper comprehension of the material. A particularly useful feature of the text is the use of bold type to highlight important terms. An additional and very useful aspect of this book is the "Clinical Focus" section found in each chapter. This makes available to the reader a brief overview of common pathologies related to each body system. A brief, but useful medical terminology section is found on the inside of the book's back cover. The only feature of this text that I would revise is the complexity of the critical thinking questions. I believe the questions are written at a somewhat higher level than the student for which this text is intended."
Assessment: This is a beautifully written book with much evidence of careful thought and extensive preparation. I believe it ranks among the top texts written for college students preparing for careers in a health-related profession. I have not seen the earlier edition and therefore cannot make a comparison. However, this 7th edition is certainly a clear, concise, and polished representation of human anatomy and physiology. It appears therefore to be what the authors were striving for.