The Human Body in Health and Illness / Edition 5

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Using colorful cartoons, humorous illustrations, and an easy-to-read approach, The Human Body in Health and Illness, 5th Edition makes it fun to learn anatomy & physiology. Step-by-step explanations, clever features, and clinical examples simplify A&P concepts and relate A&P to the real world. Organized by body system, this book shows how each organ is structurally designed to perform specific physiological tasks while demonstrating what happens to the body when a system does not function properly. Written by well-known author and educator Barbara Herlihy, The Human Body in Health and Illness makes A&P concepts easy to understand even if you have a limited background in the sciences.

  • Full-color illustrations simplify difficult concepts and complex processes.
  • Colorful cartoons use humor to clarify and reinforce the content, making it more memorable, accessible, and reader-friendly.
  • Interesting analogies and examples make learning easier, especially if you’re studying A&P for the first time.
  • Key terms and objectives are listed at the beginning of every chapter, setting learning expectations and goals, with terms defined in a comprehensive glossary.
  • Did You Know boxes include brief vignettes describing clinical scenarios or historical events related to A&P.
  • Review tools include chapter summaries, Review Your Knowledge questions, and Go Figure! questions relating to figures and diagrams.
  • UPDATED illustrations and content keep A&P information current and strengthen an already popular textbook.
  • UPDATED Medical Terminology and Disorders tables include pronunciations, derivations, and word parts, along with expanded, in-depth descriptions of the most crucial information.
  • UPDATED! The Evolve website assets include practice exams, interactive activities and exercises, the Body Spectrum Online Coloring Book, and more!

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Janice Podolski
This is a very basic anatomy and physiology textbook written with the goal of teaching this information in an interesting and often humorous manner. The aim is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of human anatomy and physiology in preparation for more advanced classes such as pharmacology and medical-surgical nursing. Essential background information is presented, such as selected principles of basic chemistry, which are necessary to appreciate more complex physiologic concepts, such as acid-base balance. The information is organized as a progression from basic to more complex (for example, from the cell to organ systems). Some pathophysiology is integrated to accentuate physiologic concepts. This book is designed for students preparing for healthcare careers who have had little or no prior preparation in the sciences. Features include numerous high-quality illustrations, learning objectives, and a glossary of key terms to introduce each chapter, and a summary outline and study questions to close each chapter. Within the chapters, there are numerous boxes entitled ""Do you know..."" that provide interesting information and trivia to help students remember and appreciate the physiologic concepts presented. The idea of developing a truly interesting and concise but complete anatomy and physiology textbook for students without a science background is wonderful -- and needed. This textbook comes very close. There are, however, many small, but fundamental errors. For example, ATP is presented as having two high-energy bonds instead of only one; the enzyme renin is referred to as a hormone; and ammonia, a freely diffusable gas, is identified as a substance activelysecreted in the renal tubule. Still, this basic textbook is interesting and enjoyable to read; the authors just need to revise it to improve the accuracy of some of the information.
From The Critics
This basic anatomy and physiology text for students preparing for careers in the health professions is written especially for students with minimal preparation in the sciences. Anatomy and physiology content is presented in a traditional order, emphasizing themes of homeostasis and the relationship between structure and function. The illustration program includes detailed color diagrams of anatomy and processes, plus cartoons. Boxed readings and humorous anecdotes from the history of medicine are also included. This second edition contains a new chapter on microbiology basics. Herlihy teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word. Maebius teaches at the Health Institute of San Antonio. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: This foundational textbook of human anatomy and physiology covers all body systems and related information. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to provide basic and clinically relevant anatomy and physiology content that can be mastered in a short period of time. These are indeed worthy objectives given the enormous amount of information that health career students must master. This edition admirably fulfills these objectives.
Audience: The author explicitly states this book is for students with minimal science background who are preparing for a career in the health professions. While limited to the most necessary content, it nevertheless gives the student enough of a start to delve deeper if desired. This edition is preceded by two successful versions attesting to the author's ability and credibility.
Features: The book is well developed and explains human anatomy and physiology in a readable simple-to-complex format. Numerous illustrations enhance understanding. Each chapter concludes with a summary outline and a brief self-test so students can assess their learning. Of special note are the fun to read side notes that offer additional insight into the material. Although there are no photographs, the book is nonetheless readable and understandable.
Assessment: Overall this is a fun and interesting textbook of anatomy and physiology. It is very well suited for beginning college level students building the foundation for a career in health care.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455772346
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/18/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 116,280
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1.Introduction to the Human Body 2.Basic Chemistry 3.Cells 4.Cell Metabolism 5. Microbiology Basics 6. Tissues and Membranes 7.Integumentary System and Body Temperature 8.Skeletal System 9.Muscular System 10.Nervous System: Nervous Tissue and Brain 11.Nervous System: Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerves 12.Autonomic Nervous System 13.Sensory System 14.Endocrine System 15.Blood 16.Anatomy of the Heart 17.Function of the Heart 18.Anatomy of the Blood Vessels 19.Functions of the Blood Vessels 20.Lymphatic System 21.Immune System 22.Respiratory System 23.Digestive System 24.Urinary System 25.Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance 26.Reproductive Systems 27.Human Development and Heredity

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    Awesome Book

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