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Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, Fourth Edition provides a thorough grounding in the structure and function of animal body systems. Taking an integrated approach to the basics of anatomy and physiology, the book helps readers understand their interconnection in common domestic species. With chapters logically arranged by system, Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals offers students in pre-veterinary or veterinary technology programs an excellent introduction to body systems and acts as a quick review of the basics for more advanced courses or in the clinical setting.
"The fourth edition of Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals is a marked improvement over previous editions.... the illustrations are wonderful... [and] allow readers to visualize the structure in a cohesive manner.... well written and inclusive of all relevant material for a basic anatomy course." - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, September 2009
"This is a serious book for the veterinary student, a reference for the veterinarian or technician, and a good book to have in your library." - Veterinary Information Network
“The fourth edition of Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals provides a thorough overview of the structure and function of animal body systems.” - Veterinary Forum, May 2009
Michael A. Ringenberg
This second edition paperback is divided into 15 chapters based on the major organ systems common to most domestic species. The purpose is to present an introductory, comparative, physiologic survey not covered in most human-based physiology texts. This edition has met the author's objectives through an organized, well-illustrated presentation of the fundamentals of physiology. The targeted audiences, stated by the author in the book's preface, are undergraduate students in preveterinary, veterinary technology, animal science, and animal ecology majors. The book is also touted by the author as a secondary reference to more detailed texts tailored for veterinary students. This book will be most adequate for preveterinary and animal science undergraduates. Dr. Reece's expertise is reflected through strong academic credentials, previous text publication, and in-depth, organized coverage of multiple topics. The extent and quality of illustrations are strong assets of this textbook. The structure-function relationship, crucial to a solid foundation in physiology, is highlighted through numerous gross, subgross, microscopic, ultrastructural pictures and professional illustrations. References provided at the end of chapters are current and derived primarily from other quality texts. Virtually every page of the book contains top-quality illustrations and/or informative tables. This book contains several attributes qualifying it as a college text. The paperback cover offers affordability, with text organization and illustrations appropriate as instructional material. The addition of avian physiology is an expanded feature of this edition, containing information difficult to find in otherintroductory physiology texts.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Matthew Stewart, BVSc, PhD(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine) Description: This third edition of this animal anatomy and physiology book has been considerably modified from the format of the second edition, published in 1997. As the expanded title indicates, this edition contains a considerable amount of information on functional anatomy in addition to physiology. Each chapter is organized in a highly didactic manner. Chapters begin with an outline highlighting the major topics, include question lists that target important information in each section and end with a series of self-evaluation questions. Purpose: The book is designed to provide a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. It provides an excellent introduction to the organization and functions of the major organ systems. The book also has a broader relevance to mammalian and avian biology, since many of the areas addressed are pertinent to most mammalian and avian species. Audience: This is intended to be a basic, introductory text for undergraduate level students, principally preveterinary students, veterinary technicians, and animal science students. Features: All the major organ systems are covered. Where appropriate, (as with sensory organs, skeletal elements and the digestive tract), considerable information is provided on comparative anatomy to emphasize the differences and similarities between the domestic species. This latest edition has increased coverage of avian systems, particularly in areas where avian biology differs markedly from that of mammals. The book begins with a chapter coveringthe basics of molecular and cell biology and embryology. This chapter serves as a valuable introduction to these related fields and serves to place these specialized areas in context with the more conventional organ and tissue-based discussions of anatomy and physiology. The book is comprehensively illustrated, predominantly with line drawings that complement the anatomical aspects of the text. Of particular interest to aspiring veterinary students, the author provides several observations in each chapter that emphasize the clinical relevance of specific anatomical or physiological information. Accepting that this is an introductory text, the suggested reading lists accompanying each chapter are somewhat limited, largely comprising other standard texts. Assessment: This latest edition provides a number of valuable innovations not present in earlier editions and should prove to be a very useful reference for students entering the fields of mammalian and avian anatomy and physiology.
3 Stars from Doody