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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian G. Pietrosimone, MEd (University of Virginia)
Description: This is a multifaceted book that can clearly be used in introductory kinesiology and human anatomy courses, as well as serve as an adequate reference for allied health professionals studying medical terminology.
Purpose: The book provides a good foundation for the understanding of muscle and joint mechanics for an aspiring clinician. The author explains necessary terminology well, and provides good visual aides as primary tools for explaining the material.
Audience: The author targets emerging allied health professionals with this book and it will be a good source for younger professionals learning the basics of human movement. The book takes the time to explain the basics of movement in a visual format. Human anatomy is accurately depicted and labeled in order to show the foundation of the movement that is essential for the understanding of healthy human movement. The author highlights ideas that will be beneficial for healthcare professionals to understand.
Features: The book effectively explains the basic concepts of human movement. The structural anatomy of muscles, joints, and the nervous system are explained in the context of their individual systems and as the larger organisms organizes them for gross movement. The author illustrates his points well with a plethora of well designed illustrations. He clearly identifies his goals for each chapter and provides sample quizzes for students to test their understanding of the material. Although the basic concepts of movement and the underlying physiology are clearly put forth, the book fails to provide an adequate list of references for further study.
Assessment: This will provide kinesiology students with the material needed to understand the basics of human movement. An educator can be confident that this book will provide guidance for students in conjunction with classroom instruction.