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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Norris Ogard, RN, BSN, BA, LMT (Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center)
Description: This reader-friendly text presents anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics clearly and concisely. Throughout the text are sections that reinforce the subject matter by challenging the reader to think critically and to integrate the material with personal experience.
Purpose: Drawing on their experience as educators, the authors have successfully met their intent to provide a basic science textbook/workbook that can stand alone or be used in conjunction with other texts, to promote understanding rather than memorization of the material, and to provide a flexible learning tool compatible with different learning styles.
Audience: The intended audience is entry level and intermediate bodywork students and instructors, as well as those interested in a concise review, and all will find this text comprehensive and comprehensible.
Features: The best features are the integration of the subject matter with students' personal experiences by challenging them to think critically through the exercises, "practical applications," and "activities" throughout the text; the presentation of systems as the basis for understanding the workings of the human body; the conversational tone; and over 650 clear illustrations in a single-volume text that is lightweight. The excellent biomechanics section is especially pertinent to the study of bodywork.
Assessment: This well-designed, extremely readable, dynamic book challenges students and instructors to explore the fundamental information through a personal framework. It is an excellent text for bodywork students and a handy reference for any healthcare discipline.