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From The CriticsReviewer: Rita K. Getz, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is an introductory text in anatomy and physiology with an emphasis not just on teaching the structure and function of the human body, but also on introducing a beginning understanding of clinical disease entities. This book replaces the previous edition published in 1997.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to guide the student to an understanding of the normal structure and function of the human body as well as to demonstrate that many disease processes begin when normal function is impaired or damaged. Students who plan to choose a career in some aspect of healthcare will find their appetites whetted by the explanations of clinical conditions that are generously interspersed throughout the text.
Audience: The book is written for use by future health professionals in the beginning of their coursework. It is designed to meet the introductory anatomy and physiology needs of these students whose goals may include more advanced coursework, professional licensing, and a successful career. The authors are to be credited for their own expertise as well as for seeking the advice of other teachers in the field and of working health professionals. This results in a book that is student-friendly and current in its clinical applications.
Features: The 23 chapters of the book are organized using a sytems approach to present the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Each chapter begins with an outline and objectives. The text is interspersed with many photos, diagrams, and tables to illustrate or summarize major points. Clinical applications are boxed and highlighted in close proximity to corresponding text. The end of each chapter contains an outline summary, list of new words, review questions, a section for "critical thinking," and a chapter test (with answers in an appendix). A small but significant highlight of the book is the use of a compass-like orientation marker for anatomical direction on many of the figures. All in all, the book has many features that can enhance student learning. At times, however, the book is simplistic and sacrifices important details. For example, in the chapter on the muscular system, the actions of pronation and supination are defined, but the muscles of the forearm involved in these actions are not mentioned in the text or labeled in the figures.
Assessment: This book is written at an appropriate level for its intended audience and should pique the interest of those students who intend to pursue a career in healthcare. The book is strikingly similar to another text by the same authors, Structure and Function of the Human Body, 11th edition (Mosby, 2000). Both editions provide a CD-ROM and access to an integrative website with pertinent Web links. The apparent difference between the two books is that this one places more emphasis on pathology. It also has 166 more pages, three additional chapters:Mechanisms of Disease, Heart and Heart Disease, and Genetics and Genetic Diseases:and three additional appendixes. This book is superior to Structure and Function of the Human Body because it provides more detail and is more appropriate for an anatomy and physiology course with more rigorous standards. All things considered, this is an excellent text for undergraduates pursuing a career in healthcare.