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From The CriticsReviewer: Jill E Feinstein, MS (Richland Community College)
Description: The 12th edition of this human anatomy and physiology textbook incorporates updated illustrations and material as well as significant improvements in pedagogy. Clinical connections in each chapter provide real-world applications and the companion website is an excellent resource for students. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: This book offers students a balanced presentation, incorporating the concept of homeostasis in each chapter. The chapters have been revised to provide updated illustrations, discussions, and student support. The authors' objectives have a learner-centered focus and their book meets them.
Audience: It is intended for college students taking a two-semester human anatomy and physiology course. The authors designed it for anatomy and physiology courses that provide a gateway to a variety of health-related professions. I currently use it in my human anatomy and physiology I & II courses, which are required for numerous health-related professions. Both authors have many years of teaching experience and excellent reputations in the field.
Features: The book starts by defining common anatomy and physiology terms and the concept of homeostasis, then covers some basic biology and chemistry material. An entire chapter is dedicated to histology. The remaining chapters are divided up to cover each of the 11 organ systems of the body. Several organ systems are divided up among multiple chapters in order to provide extensive detail. Each chapter ends with homeostatic imbalances, medical terminology, study outline, self quiz questions, and critical thinking questions. The authors have done an excellent job of incorporating clinical applications into each chapter as well as including checkpoint questions that allow students to self-test after each chapter section. The nervous system and the cardiovascular system are covered in appropriate detail. The companion student website includes podcasts, an audio glossary, flashcards, and practice quizzes. Each color figure has a question posted below it to help the student understand the importance and application of the figure to the content. One shortcoming is that answers to the checkpoint questions are not posted anywhere in the textbook, which makes it difficult for students to be sure they are understanding the material. It also would be useful to provide students with more than one practice quiz per chapter online.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for teaching human anatomy and physiology courses. Its illustrations are excellent and the online components are very useful to students. This new edition has improved the overall pedagogy, especially with respect to tables and illustrations. I like the improvements made to the companion website, particularly the podcasts and mastering vocabulary component. It is a strong competitor to Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edition, Shier et al. (2009), and Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 5th edition, Saladin (2010), both published by McGraw-Hill. However, it falls short of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8th edition, Marieb et al. (Pearson, 2010).