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From The CriticsReviewer:Loretta L. White , DNS(Indiana State University)
Description:In providing a foundational understanding of anatomy and physiology, this book addresses all body systems along with related material necessary for understanding the human body. The last edition was published in 2001.
Purpose:Although not explicitly stated, the purpose of the book is to provide a straightforward description of the body's systems, how they work, how they are integrated, and their common pathology. Given the enormous amount of information available on this subject, brevity and succinctness are welcome attributes for any anatomy and physiology text. In this respect, the authors have succeeded.
Audience:According to the authors, this book was prepared for nurses, nursing students, and students in the allied health professions. Its straightforward approach lends itself as a textbook for beginning students who need basic information. The authors have prepared nine previous editions of this book.
Features:Although there are no photographs, the book is filled with beautiful illustrations and many tables that summarize important information. At the end of each chapter is a section that discusses common pathologies related to the body system. These effectively assist students to associate normal anatomy and physiology to the abnormalities that produce disease. One minor yet disconcerting aspect of this book is the use of European spellings for many medical terms. For students just beginning to learn medical terminology, it presents an unnecessary stumbling block to mastering the language.
Assessment:The authors have prepared afoundational, no-nonsense textbook appropriately aimed at beginning healthcare students. It offers a comprehensive overview of basic anatomy and physiology and compares favorably with the current (9th) edition of Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, Shier et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2006).