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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: Now in its sixth decade as an introductory anatomy and physiology classic, this 14th edition has been revised while retaining its tradition of excellence. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: This classic has been retooled to accommodate both modern learning styles for students and teaching styles for instructors and combines readability, visuals, and computer-based features with its companion CD and interactive online coursework.
Audience: It is written for nursing and allied health professions students, but it is so well done that it would be an excellent high school textbook as well. With over 60 years of combined teaching experience, the authors are certainly experts.
Features: The 21 chapters present core anatomy and physiology concepts. Although each chapter is self-contained, structural information is coupled to important functional concepts, and physiological content balances the anatomical information to provide students with an integrated understanding of human structure and function. The book uses numerous pedagogic features, including chapter outlines and objectives, study tips, key terms and pronunciation guides, quick check questions, animation direct boxes (companion CD), inserts, essays, review and critical thinking questions, and chapter tests. Updated illustrations and images appear throughout to reinforce concepts. There is also a unique section between chapters four and five called The Clear View of the Human Body which contains text as well as a full color, semitransparent model which contains several transparent images of virtual dissections across several different planes.
Assessment: The authors have done an outstanding job revising this classic. It is easy to read with excellent visuals, and is an excellent value. It is highly recommended not only for students, but also for school, public, and college/university libraries as a reference.