Structure & Function of the Body - Softcover / Edition 14

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Simple and straightforward, Thibodeau and Patton's Structure & Function of the Body, 14th Edition makes the difficult concepts of anatomy and physiology clear and easier to understand. Focusing on the normal structure and function of the human body and what the body does to maintain homeostasis, this introductory text provides more than 400 vibrantly detailed illustrations and a variety of interactive learning tools to help you establish an essential foundation for success in the care of the human body.

  • A clear, straightforward approach makes complex anatomy and physiology concepts more accessible.
  • UNIQUE! Each chapter reinforces your understanding of the structure and function of the human body and what the body does to maintain homeostasis.
  • UNIQUE! Clear View of the Human Body allows you to peel back the layers of the human body and perform a virtual dissection.
  • UNIQUE! Science Application boxes highlight practical applications of A&P content by scientific leaders.
  • Quick Check boxes test your comprehension as you read through each chapter.
  • Boxes and tables detail real-life applications in the areas of Health and Well Being, Clinical Applications, and Research, Issues, and Trends.
  • Chapter tests, review questions, and critical thinking questions identify areas needing further study.
  • Chapter outlines, objectives, study tips, and appendices help you study more effectively and find the information you need fast.
  • UNIQUE! Downloadable audio chapter summaries on the Evolve companion website enable you to review for quizzes and exams on the go.
  • UNIQUE! 31 new Animation Direct animations on the bound-in CD help you visualize difficult concepts and processes.
  • Extensively revised and updated illustrations and micrographs vividly illustrate and reinforce important A&P content.
  • Updated content reflects the most up-to-date understanding of human anatomy.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323077224
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 88,434
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (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 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. Fluid 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 Illustration/Photo Credits

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