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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is the ninth edition of an anatomy and physiology book last published in 2010. The publisher offers an online integrated teaching and learning tool for this edition for an additional fee.
Purpose: It is designed as a primary textbook for human anatomy and physiology or human biology courses. It boasts additional tools to make the learning experience more successful. Given the years of collaboration with students to determine how best to present the material, the authors' objectives have been met.
Audience: The book is geared towards students new to anatomy and physiology as well as biology. It is also geared for instructors as there are numerous tools on the publisher site to help them make a greater impact with the material.
Features: Each of the 24 chapters begins with an introduction and is divided into sections, each of which has its own objective, bolded terminology with pronunciation, and Checkpoint for review. Numerous images, figures, tables, exhibits, thought-provoking questions, and sections such as Common Disorders and Clinical Connections appear throughout to help readers clarify key points. Chapters end with medical terminology and conditions, a chapter review, a self-quiz, and critical thinking applications. There are no shortcomings with this book — it is very easy to read and understand with a plethora of learning tools to reinforce chapter content.
Assessment: The authors have done a superb job revising this classic. This is a highly recommended textbook for entry level anatomy and physiology or biology courses.