Structure & Function of the Body - Soft Cover Version / Edition 12

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Overview

The 12th edition of this popular text continues to build on the solid foundation of previous versions, and its updated full-color illustration program, centralized themes, easy-to-understand language, and solid pedagogical features provide a clear structure for student learning. Elaborate full-color illustrations, centralized themes, simplistic language, and solid learning features encourage reader comprehension of the material.

• Over 330 illustrations visually clarify difficult concepts.
• Cadaver photos provide a true visualization of the human body.

• Vocabulary Terms
are provided at the end of each chapter, bolded within the text, and located in the Comprehensive Glossary at the end of the text.
• Readers can evaluate their own mastery of chapter content by doing the Collaborative Learning Activities and completing the Chapter Test and Review Questions.

• A Medical Abbreviations, Prefixes, and Suffixes appendix provides quick reference to common terms.

• Objectives
clearly detail what the reader should learn from the chapter.
• The Outline Summary at the end of each chapter gives the reader a succinct recap of important content.
• The clear, straightforward writing style makes content easy to read and understand.

• Health and Well Being
, Clinical Application, and Research, Issues, and Trends boxes help readers to apply what they have learned.

• Study Tips
are listed at the end of each chapter, ensuring reading comprehension and review.


• Chemistry of Life
chapter provides a solid introduction to important chemistry information.

• Quick Check
boxes offer students the chance to check their basic reading comprehension at the end of each passage.

• Science Applications
boxes summarize the professions that make use of the concepts in each chapter to improve our quality of life.

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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323022422
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/24/2003
  • Edition description: 12th Edition, Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.88 (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
2. Chemistry of Life NEW!
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

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