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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David W. Brzezinski, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This entry-level resource for students of physical education, athletic training, and allied health professions seeks to introduce students to the human body while emphasizing all aspects of its movement. The first edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with an understanding of human anatomy in relation to the body's movements. It also seeks to equip students with the basic language of anatomy in order to communicate effectively with future colleagues and other members of the healthcare team. A book of this nature is definitely needed in this age of ever increasing knowledge and cooperative interaction among healthcare professionals. The book certainly meets its goals of introducing students to the broad and complex study of human anatomy while maintaining its focus on movement. Although an introductory book, it does not compromise its dedication to the wealth of information and detail which comprises gross anatomy.
Audience: The book is aimed primarily at students of physical education, athletic training, and allied health professions who will be focusing their careers on movement of the human body. With its refined focus on bones, articulations, and muscle contraction across joints, the book most definitely is directed at such students. Dr. Behnke is well known and experienced in the field of kinesiology.
Features: The book uses a regional approach and highlights important terms while summarizing information at the end of each chapter with tables, charts, and useful self-tests. The color pictures are particularly helpful and supplement the text beautifully and appropriately. Perhaps the most useful feature is the use of "focus on" points which highlight clinical correlations which students will undoubtedly encounter in their careers. While the book supplies a list of supplemental sources, it would have been useful to have included a list of resources at the end of each chapter to further encourage student learning in each particular region/subject area.
Assessment: This is a very reader-friendly book that both undergraduate and graduate students will appreciate. Its scope is manageable, but the book does not shy away from complexity where appropriate. This edition adds quite a few improvements and is a worthy addition to the library of any kinesiology student or faculty member.