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From The CriticsReviewer: Kristin L. Gosselink, PhD (University of Texas at El Paso)
Description: This book is designed to help readers understand the essential components of human physiological systems and their integration with concepts from physics and chemistry. It is geared toward visual learners, with multiple detailed images throughout. Review questions aid readers in assessing their comprehension.
Purpose: The book provides an integrated view of bodily function at all levels, with special attention given to essential aspects and difficult concepts in physiology. Numerous detailed illustrations address different learning styles and increase understanding. In line with these objectives, the book will contribute significantly to successful learning when used with other sources of information or instruction, and will serve as a handy resource for students in their physiology courses and beyond.
Audience: Students in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and nursing, as well as upper-division undergraduates, are the intended audience. However, in some places the material is more advanced than would be appropriate for nursing students, especially during their undergraduate training. That said, the book could easily be adopted for course-specific coverage. The authors are unquestionably experts in the field.
Features: The book covers concepts in all of the subdisciplines of human physiology, and is organized in a fashion consistent with most standard textbooks. Cell physiology, fluids, and transport are covered initially, followed by the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems. In each chapter, the main topics are highlighted in bold, and the liberal use of highly detailed and expertly conceived illustrations makes it easy to locate and assimilate the relevant information. "Clinical correlate" windows maintain relevance for students, and the "light bulb" panels provide additional detail on specific topics. One very minor shortcoming is that it might be difficult for students to discern areas of greater or lesser importance for study, making instructor clarity a critical factor.
Assessment: This book presents the information extremely well. It complements existing textbooks (e.g., Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8th edition, Marieb et al. (Pearson, 2010); Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 5th edition, Silverthorn (Pearson, 2010)), but also expands on the information and contributes to understanding by providing exceptional illustrations and detail. Images from this book would be useful in instruction and in self-study, increasing comprehension and success for students who learn more effectively through different modalities.