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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: This is a comprehensive introduction to human anatomy and physiology. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The authors state the purpose of this edition is to provide an updated presentation of the subject in a clear, concise manner that helps students unify a vast amount of complex information. Understanding in the sciences has expanded enormously in recent years so that new material published in the literature is quickly outdated. The goal of keeping students and teachers abreast of these new developments is certainly a worthwhile goal and admirably met by the authors of this book.
Audience: The intended audience is students who need the basics of human anatomy and physiology. The book would most certainly be useful for any college student preparing for a health-related career. Both authors have many years of experience teaching this subject and have published extensively.
Features: All body systems are explained, as well as related concepts such as stress, nutrition, and genetics. The beautiful photographs and clear illustrations throughout help to make sometimes very complicated material understandable for the student. The many tables succinctly summarize large amounts of information. Particularly appealing are the transparencies that depict the human body in overlays that take the student from superficial to internal structures. Learning aids are abundant and include case studies, chapter summaries, information boxes, and vocabulary lists along with a brief guide to medical terminology that serves as a supplement to the text. Superb anatomical images are found in the accompanying atlas. In addition, the authors have prepared an online course based on this edition.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent foundational textbook for the student and teacher of human anatomy and physiology. It is apparent that the authors went to great lengths to make this subject understandable and accessible to learners. Along with the two anatomy and physiology texts I keep on my bookshelf (Shier et al., Hole's Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Seeley et al., Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 6th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2007)), this one will be a welcome addition.