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Description: This book is part of a collection of learning aids designed to provide fundamental information about human anatomy and physiology. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide foundational understanding of human anatomy and physiology. The author amply meets that objective with clear, succinct information that gives the student a firm base of knowledge. Although there are many basic anatomy and physiology texts, this one is an important and useful addition for any beginning student.
Audience: The intended audience is the student with a limited science background who is preparing for a health-related career. The author's credentials indicate she is a professor of science and mathematics and as such, is qualified to write this textbook.
Features: All body systems, as well as ancillary topics pertinent to the study of anatomy and physiology, are included. The brief introductory material related to body chemistry is most helpful in understanding basic components of cells. Particularly useful for the new student are the chapter outlines, key terms with pronunciation guides, and medical terminology components for vocabulary building found in each chapter. Each chapter concludes with a brief quiz that assists learners to evaluate their understanding. The author includes brief biographies of persons who have made significant contributions to the study of anatomy and physiology as well as short excursions into the discussion of pharmacology and the human body. Both serve to increase and hold the student's interest in this subject.
Assessment: This is the perfect text for the student engaged in preparing for a beginning level health-related career. However, it is sufficient only for introductory level courses and the student who is required (or wishes) to advance would need a higher level book. It is on a par with Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edition, by Shier et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2006).