Principles of Anatomy and Physiology / Edition 12

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A solid scientific presentation of the principles of the human structure and function! The outstanding illustration program and innovative learning features frame a superb balance between anatomy and physiology that emphasizes correlations between normal physiology and pathophysiology, normal anatomy and pathology, and homeostasis and homeostatic imbalances.
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New edition of a comprehensive, comprehensible text for an introductory course in anatomy and physiology, for students preparing for careers in health-related professions. Includes excellent color diagrams; examples of clinical applications and disorders; insets on orientation and body planes; flowcharts of feedback mechanisms; and learning aids including questions and answers, pronunciation guides, chapter glossaries, and study outlines. Comes with a paperback atlas of the human skeleton with photos. This eighth edition contains new cadaver photographs and new illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This13th edition continues in the tradition of its predecessors of being arguably one of the best anatomy and physiology textbooks available. It integrates the classic text with online multimedia aids. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: Helping Teachers and Students Succeed Together "is the foundation of this book. This edition offers a balanced presentation of content, integrating online animations, visualizations, and MP3 downloads to reinforce concepts. "
Audience: Written for healthcare students taking two semesters of anatomy and physiology, it is used in many healthcare programs.
Features: The book uses a homeostatic approach. It begins with chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of organization, then progresses into integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems before moving into the various organ systems throughout the body. Each chapter begins with a statement, a brief overview of the chapter, and chapter objectives and contains numerous images, drawings, tables, and figures, plus Clinical Connections that highlight clinical relevance. Chapters end with a disorders section followed by medical terminology, chapter review and resource summary, self-quiz questions, critical thinking questions, and answers to figure questions posed within the chapter.
Assessment: This is an outstanding anatomy and physiology textbook and ranks with other classics such as Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edition, Shier et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2010). Not only is it excellent for healthcare students, it also would be appropriate for high school students and as a reference in libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470408858
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition number: 12
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard J. Tortora is Professor of Biology and former Coordinator at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ, where he teaches human anatomy and physiology as well as microbiology. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his master's degree in science education from Montclair State College. He is a member of many professional organizations, such as the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Education Association (NEA), and the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB).

Bryan Derrickson is Professor of Biology at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, where he teaches human anatomy and physiology as well as general biology and human sexuality. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Duke University. Bryan's study at Duke was in the Physiology Division within the Department of Cell Biology, so while his degree is in Cell Biology his training focused on physiology. At Valencia, he frequently serves on faculty hiring committees. He has served as a member of the Faculty Senate, which is the governing body of the college, and as a member of the Faculty Academy Committee (now called the Teaching and Learning Academy), which sets the standards for the acquisition of tenure by faculty members. Nationally, he is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Organization of the Human Body
Ch. 1 An Introduction to the Human Body 1
Ch. 2 The Chemical Level of Organization 26
Ch. 3 The Cellular Level of Organization 60
Ch. 4 The Tissue Level of Organization 104
Ch. 5 The Integumentary System 140
Unit 2 Principles of Support and Movement
Ch. 6 The Skeletal System: Bone Tissue 160
Ch. 7 The Skeletal System: The Axial Skeleton 183
Ch. 8 The Skeletal System: The Appendicular Skeleton 218
Ch. 9 Joints 241
Ch. 10 Muscle Tissue 268
Ch. 11 The Muscular System 302
Unit 3 Control Systems of the Human Body
Ch. 12 Nervous Tissue 378
Ch. 13 The Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves 412
Ch. 14 The Brain and Cranial Nerves 446
Ch. 15 Sensory, Motor, and Integrative Systems 485
Ch. 16 The Special Senses 512
Ch. 17 The Autonomic Nervous System 548
Ch. 18 The Endocrine System 566
Unit 4 Maintenance of the Human Body
Ch. 19 The Cardiovascular System: The Blood 610
Ch. 20 The Cardiovascular System: The Heart 636
Ch. 21 The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Hemodynamics 670
Ch. 22 The Lymphatic System, Nonspecific Resistance to Disease, and Immunity 738
Ch. 23 The Respiratory System 775
Ch. 24 The Digestive System 818
Ch. 25 Metabolism 871
Ch. 26 The Urinary System 914
Ch. 27 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Homeostasis 956
Unit 5 Continuity
Ch. 28 The Reproductive Systems 974
Ch. 29 Development and Inheritance 1022
App. A: Measurements
App. B: Periodic Table
App. C: Normal Values for Selected Blood Tests
App. D: Answers
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