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Overview

Simple and straightforward, this introductory text provides a clear approach to learning the difficult concepts of anatomy and physiology. It focuses on two unifying themes — the normal structure and function of the human body, and what the body does to maintain homeostasis. Building on the solid foundation of previous editions, this book adds a visual emphasis with realistic animations on a companion CD-ROM and A Clear View of the Human Body, a full-color, semi-transparent insert that shows the body in layers.

• A clear, straightforward approach focuses each chapter on the two core themes — the normal structure and function of the human body, and what the body does to maintain homeostasis.
• Over 350 full-color illustrations, micrographs, and dissection photos depict and reinforce information.
• Chapter tests, review questions, and critical thinking questions let you evaluate your mastery of each chapter's content.
• Boxes and tables make learning easier and show applications to real life, including Health and Well Being, Clinical Applications, and Research, Issues, and Trends.
• Science Applications boxes highlight the contributions made by trailblazing scientists.
• A Common Medical Abbreviations, Prefixes, and Suffixes appendix provides a quick reference and review of commonly used terms.
• A comprehensive glossary provides full definitions of terms, and new words are bolded within the text and listed at the end of each chapter.
• Objectives clearly detail what should be learned in each chapter.
• An Outline Summary ends each chapter to recap important content.
• Quick Check boxes let you assess your comprehension at the end of each passage.
• Body Spectrum Electronic Coloring Book is included on the companion CD, with 80 detailed anatomy illustrations that may be colored electronically or printed out to color and study.

• A richly detailed illustrated insert, A Clear View of the Human Body, allows you to peel back the layers of the body and perform a virtual dissection.
• AnimationDirect helps you visualize difficult concepts and processes by referring to state-of-the-art animations in the companion CD-ROM.
• Study Tips are thoroughly revised and now open each chapter, with specific tips and hints on how to most effectively study and synthesize concepts.
• Online Tutoring is available on the Evolve® website for students using the college edition.
• Anatomy & Physiology Online complements Structure & Function of the Body and brings the textbook to life with a series of online learning modules organized by body system. Available separately.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Rita Getz
This is an introductory text in anatomy and physiology for nursing and allied health professions students. The authors seek to present two unifying themes in this text: that structure and function are complementary, and that structure and function serve to maintain homeostasis. Another goal is to organize the book so that instructors with varying teaching styles can easily integrate it with their overall plans for their courses. This book is written at an appropriate level for the intended audience and should hold the attention of the student who is encountering the information for the first time. However, the student with some prior knowledge of the topic might easily dismiss this text as overly simplistic. This book consists of 20 chapters organized using a systems approach to present the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The text is student-friendly, and has been written to provide fundamental information in a variety of useful formats. A chapter outline and learning objectives begin each chapter, and an outline summary, list of new words, review questions to test comprehension, along with chapter tests reinforcing key concepts are located at the end of each chapter. A small but significant highlight of the book is the use of a compass-like orientation marker for anatomical direction on many of the figures. Boxed information is provided in each chapter to highlight topics relevant to current health concerns. It is the authors' intent that the clinical examples presented in the boxed information reinforce the effects of disease on normal function. The authors have avoided using much of the technical jargon inherent in the subject matter, and have opted to label only aminimum of structures in many of the diagrams. To illustrate my concerns about the simplistic approach to the text, an illustration which includes the quadriceps femoris muscles of the anterior thigh (p. 143) lists only three of the four muscles which comprise this group of muscles. All four muscles are listed in the text (p. 150), but no illustrations are shown to demonstrate the fourth muscle. In the same chapter on the muscular system, muscles of the forearm and hand are not even mentioned in the text or labeled in the figures. And, although the authors define anatomic terms like "anterior," they continue to write, "anterior, or in front of" throughout the text. A more serious oversight is the lack of references in the book. Readers who wish to know more about any of the basic science or clinical information presented have no guidance on resources. However, the index is noteworthy as it is particularly in-depth for a book written at this level. It is clear that the authors have incorporated suggestions from students and colleagues into this work. This edition replaces the tenth edition published in 1997, and is actually a package of numerous resources. A CD-ROM, a password for access to an integrative Web site with links, as well as a student survival guide are bundled with the text. These updates bring a text that has been in use for forty years into the 21st century. All things considered, this is a good text for the target audience, and can be a useful learning tool for healthcare students beginning their coursework.
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Reviewer: Rita K. Getz, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is an introductory text in anatomy and physiology for nursing and allied health professions students.
Purpose: The authors seek to present two unifying themes in this text: that structure and function are complementary, and that structure and function serve to maintain homeostasis. Another goal is to organize the book so that instructors with varying teaching styles can easily integrate it with their overall plans for their courses.
Audience: This book is written at an appropriate level for the intended audience and should hold the attention of the student who is encountering the information for the first time. However, the student with some prior knowledge of the topic might easily dismiss this text as overly simplistic.
Features: This book consists of 20 chapters organized using a systems approach to present the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The text is student-friendly, and has been written to provide fundamental information in a variety of useful formats. A chapter outline and learning objectives begin each chapter, and an outline summary, list of new words, review questions to test comprehension, along with chapter tests reinforcing key concepts are located at the end of each chapter. A small but significant highlight of the book is the use of a compass-like orientation marker for anatomical direction on many of the figures. Boxed information is provided in each chapter to highlight topics relevant to current health concerns. It is the authors' intent that the clinical examples presented in the boxed information reinforce the effects of disease on normal function. The authors have avoided using much of the technical jargon inherent in the subject matter, and have opted to label only a minimum of structures in many of the diagrams. To illustrate my concerns about the simplistic approach to the text, an illustration which includes the quadriceps femoris muscles of the anterior thigh (p. 143) lists only three of the four muscles which comprise this group of muscles. All four muscles are listed in the text (p. 150), but no illustrations are shown to demonstrate the fourth muscle. In the same chapter on the muscular system, muscles of the forearm and hand are not even mentioned in the text or labeled in the figures. And, although the authors define anatomic terms like "anterior," they continue to write, "anterior, or in front of" throughout the text. A more serious oversight is the lack of references in the book. Readers who wish to know more about any of the basic science or clinical information presented have no guidance on resources. However, the index is noteworthy as it is particularly in-depth for a book written at this level.
Assessment: It is clear that the authors have incorporated suggestions from students and colleagues into this work. This edition replaces the tenth edition published in 1997, and is actually a package of numerous resources. A CD-ROM, a password for access to an integrative Web site with links, as well as a student survival guide are bundled with the text. These updates bring a text that has been in use for 40 years into the 21st century. All things considered, this is a good text for the target audience, and can be a useful learning tool for healthcare students beginning their coursework.
Booknews
An introductory text in anatomy and physiology, especially suited to introductory courses in nursing and allied health programs. Material is organized in chapters on body systems and emphasizes normal structure and function and homeostasis. Learning aids include chapter summaries in outline form, objectives, key words, chapter self-tests, and review and critical thinking questions, plus brief boxed essays, a glossary, an illustrated review of basic chemistry, and color diagrams and photos reflecting human diversity. Many optional supplements for instructors and students are available. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323049917
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Thibodeau, Gary A., PhD(Univ of Wisconsin-River Falls)

Patton, Kevin T., PhD(St Louis Univ)

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Structure and Function of the Body

NEW! A Clear View of the Human Body

2. Chemistry of Life

3. Cells and Tissues

4. Organ Systems of the Body

5. The Integumentary System and Body Membranes

6. The Skeletal System

7. The Muscular System

8. The Nervous System

9. The Senses

10. The Endocrine System

11. Blood

12. The Circulatory System

13. The Lymphatic System and Immunity

14. The Respiratory System

15. The Digestive System

16. Nutrition and Metabolism

17. The Urinary System

18. Fluids and Electrolyte Balance

19. Acid-Base Balance

20. The Reproductive Systems

21. Growth and Development

Appendix A Body Mass Index

Appendix B Common Medical Abbreviations, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Chapter Test Answers

Glossary

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