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Crisp and concise language, an incredible art program, and thought-provoking features combine to offer students an accessible gateway to the knowledge they need. The third edition includes more medical terminology content, a new design with eye-catching illustrations, and the engagingly interactive Body Spectrum CD-ROM! In addition to the new features, there's hallmark content on aging of the body, representative disorders, and more — it's coverage that's easy to read and understand, regardless of prior scientific knowledge.

• Original, high-quality illustrations, designed to correlate with the textual material and help students visualize anatomical features and physiological processes, add visual impact and reinforcement.
• Focus on Aging boxes describe the effects of aging on the body system discussed in that chapter.
• Functional Relationship diagrams illustrate the connection between the chapter topic system and the other body systems, reinforcing the concept that all systems work together.
• Representative Disorders of each body system are organized and presented in an illustration at the end of each chapter.
• QuickCheck questions with answers at the back of the book enable students to assess their comprehension at various points within a chapter.
• Chapter Quizzes at the conclusion of each chapter provide recall, thought, and application questions to check comprehension of the concepts within the chapter.

• A companion CD-ROM bound into each textbook includes Body Spectrum, an electronic coloring book that offers 80 detailed anatomy illustrations that students can color online or print out to color and study offline.
• From the Pharmacy boxes describe common pharmaceuticals for each body system and include a brief description of the drug and its action, common uses, and abbreviations.
• Anatomy & Physiology Pioneers boxes present brief biographies of trailblazers in science and medicine, correlated to each chapter to provide historical context.
• A new student-friendly design and organization with a renewed emphasis on medical terminology.
• Includes Terminology Check exercises at the end of each chapter to aid students in synthesizing new vocabulary terms
• A companion Evolve website provides students access to a Glossary with audio pronunciations, WebLinks created especially for this text, and the Panorama of Anatomy and Physiology software, which includes interactive exercises, quizzes, and activities designed to make learning fun.

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Editorial Reviews

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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).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416025863
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/24/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Human Body
2. Chemistry, Matter, and Life
3. Cell Structure and Function
4. Tissues and Membranes
5. Integumentary System
6. Skeletal System
7. Muscular System
8. Nervous System
9. Sensory System
10. Endocrine System
11. Blood
12. Heart
13. Blood Vessels
14. Lymphatic System and Body Defense
15. Respiratory System
16. Digestive System
17. Metabolism and Nutrition
18. Urinary System and Body Fluids
19. Reproductive System
20. Development

Answers for Quick Check Questions
Answers for Terminology Check Exercises

Glossary of Disorders
Glossary of Word Parts
General Glossary


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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    A great tool to help you in Anatomy

    I purchased this book thinking it was going to be just another study guide. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised. The material is clear, concise, and explains complex concepts in an easy to understand manner. The information about A&P "pioneers" and clinical applications are also very helpful. The color diagrams are easy to study from and the Quick Check questions reinforce what was learned. I also like the clinical abbreviations which will be helpful to anyone working in the medical or legal field. However, the best part of this book is the CD that comes with it--it is a fabulous learning tool! The combination of all of these features makes this book a great study tool.

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