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An outstanding introduction to the core principles of anatomy and physiology, Structure & Function of the Body offers solid content, full-color illustrations, an easy-to-read style, and numerous study aids to enhance your comprehension and provide you with a clear and valuable resource for learning.

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.
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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323049665
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Series: Structure and Function of the Body Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 735,159
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (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 1
2 Chemistry of Life 20
3 Cells and Tissues 40
4 Organ Systems of the Body 78
5 The Integumentary System and Body Membranes 98
6 The Skeletal System 120
7 The Muscular System 156
8 The Nervous System 184
9 The Senses 226
10 The Endocrine System 250
11 Blood 280
12 The Circulatory System 298
13 The Lymphatic System and Immunity 334
14 The Respiratory System 358
15 The Digestive System 388
16 Nutrition and Metabolism 418
17 The Urinary System 434
18 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 454
19 Acid-Base Balance 470
20 The Reproductive Systems 486
21 Growth and Development 514
App. A Body Mass Index 539
App. B Common Medical Abbreviations, Prefixes, and Suffixes 540
Chapter Test Answers 542
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