Anthony's Textbook of Anatomy and Physiology / Edition 18

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A thorough introductory text on human form and function, this text presents a large, complex body of scientific knowledge in an easily understood, straightforward writing style. Focusing on concepts rather than descriptions, the text uses a "big picture" theme of body function and also explains the body's homeostatic regulation.

• A clear, straightforward approach and inviting reading style make it easier to comprehend the difficult subject of anatomy & physiology.
• World-class art program includes more than 1,400 full-color photos and illustrations to enhance and simplify explanations of difficult concepts.
• Big Picture and Cycle of Life sections unify themes and help students comprehend the interrelation of body systems and how the structure and function of these change in relation to age and development.
• Dozens of unique full-color micrographs of cellular structure enhance student learning.
• A variety of specialty boxes and tables explain the practical applications of the principles of A&P, such as the Health Matters box on "anesthetics" which explains how anesthetics produce their effects.
• Current topics (e.g., anthrax, smallpox, human genome project) are addressed in feature boxes. · Case studies challenge students with "real-life" clinical situations.
• Health Matters and other boxes and tables explain the practical applications of the principles of A&P.
• Chapter Outlines open each chapter, giving students a short overview of subject content.
• Quick Check questions and detailed chapter summaries help students review the material.
• Content review questions help students determine how well they have mastered important concepts.
• Critical thinking questions actively engage students and challenge their reasoning skills.
• Color-coded tabs along the side of each page differentiate the six units at a glance.

• New and updated artwork illustrates the most current scientific knowledge.
• New Language of Science and Language of Medicine boxes bookend each chapter, providing pronunciations, definitions, and word parts for terms highlighted in the text.
• Completely revised critical thinking and review questions in each chapter actively engage students and challenge their reasoning skills

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: This general overview of human anatomy and physiology includes all body systems. It covers physiology that relates to the organism as a whole as well as a discussion of related topics including growth and development, genetics and heredity. Special emphasis is placed on understanding integration and unification of body structure and function. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide accurate and timely information so that the reader can easily assimilate the most important and useful information from what is admittedly an enormous field. Any book that succeeds in this endeavor is indeed welcomed by both students and teachers. There is ample evidence that this book meets it objectives.
Audience: This book is written for students engaged in any discipline that requires the learner to have a foundational understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Both authors have taught this subject for many years and have written several editions of this text as well as others.
Features: In addition to body systems and related topics, this book offers a multitude of additional features designed to assist the learner in the study of anatomy and physiology. Each chapter includes introductory outlines, brief but pertinent vocabulary lists, important related pathophysiology, review questions, and case studies. Of particular note are the "Big Picture" boxes throughout the book. These brief discussions of how body systems' structure and function work together provide the foundation that the authors build on to fulfill the goal of helping students more easily learn anatomy and physiology.
Assessment: While this is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive textbook of basic anatomy and physiology, I would not choose it for a one semester foundational anatomy and physiology course due to its extensive content. However, it would work very well for a course that was spread over two semesters. Having said that, I believe the trend among authors of anatomy and physiology texts to branch out from the subject matter to include bits and pieces of pathophysiology, medical terminology, nursing, and medicine is unnecessary. The space devoted to this content could better be used to further enhance an understanding of anatomy and physiology. Anatomy and physiology is inherently interesting in and of itself and deserves to stand alone in the curriculum. Those of us who teach these other subjects appropriately and necessarily integrate anatomy and physiology concepts into our lectures along with concepts from other disciplines. I don't believe it should be the other way around.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323039826
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 18
  • Pages: 1228
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

UNIT ONE The Body as a Whole

Introduction Seeing the Big Picture

1. Organization of the Body

2. The Chemical Basis of Life

3. Anatomy of Cells

4. Physiology of Cells

5. Tissues

UNIT TWO Support and Movement

6. Skin and its Appendages

7. Skeletal Tissues

8. Skeletal System

9. Articulations

10. Anatomy of the Muscular System

11. Physiology of the Muscular System

UNIT THREE Communication, Control, and Integration

12. Nervous System Cells

13. Central Nervous System

14. Peripheral Nervous System

15. Sense Organs

16. Endocrine System

UNIT FOUR Transportation and Defense

17. Blood

18. Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System

19. Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

20. Lymphatic System

21. Immune System

22. Stress

UNIT FIVE Respiration, Nutrition, and Excretion

23. Anatomy of the Respiratory System

24. Physiology of the Respiratory System

25. Anatomy of the Digestive System

26. Physiology of the Digestive System

27. Nutrition and Metabolism

28. The Urinary System

29. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

30. Acid-Base Balance

UNIT SIX Reproduction and Development

31. Male Reproductive System

32. Female Reproductive System

33. Growth and Development

34. Genetics and Heredity

Mini-Atlas of Human Anatomy


A. Metric Measurements and Their Equivalents

B. Determining the Potential Osmotic Pressure of a Solution

C. Clinical and Laboratory Values

D. Conversion Factors to International System of Units (SI Units)

E. Nobel Peace Prize Winners


Photo/Illustration Credits


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