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From The CriticsReviewer: Loretta L. White , DNS (Indiana State University)
Description: Thibodeau & Patton describe their Anatomy and Physiology text as an introductory guide to future health professionals. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide updated and accurate information that is easily understood. Anatomy and physiology has always been a complex subject and as such, can pose great difficulty. How the authors present the material makes an enormous difference in whether or not students are successful in mastering the content. These authors meet and exceed their objectives in this clearly written, beautifully illustrated text.
Audience: This text is written for the student beginning studies in the health professions. The information is presented in a clear, concise style that provides a foundational understanding of the major concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Both authors are teachers of life science at the college level and as such are qualified to write this text.
Features: The text includes information about all body systems as well as genetics, growth and development, and related chemistry concepts. Major structures in each system are presented in a simple to complex format so that the student can build on each piece until a picture of the whole is completed. There is a multitude of illustrations that help the learner to visualize difficult concepts as well as photographs that allow the student to gain real-life understanding of the content. One of the more interesting features of this text is the inclusion of a chapter on Disease Mechanisms. This section offers a brief overview of how disease occurs in the body through a discussion of pathogen types along with prevention and control. Of particular relevance to health profession students is the inclusion of cancer etiology and pathogenesis. Each chapter begins with a topical outline and learning objectives then concludes with an outline summary, a glossary of new words introduced in the chapter, study questions and a pertinent case study. All contribute to the student's understanding and retention of the material. In Anatomy and Physiology a picture is indeed "worth a thousand words" and therefore, the inclusion of a Pathology Mini Atlas is a unique and innovative feature for students and instructors using this text. It would be incorrect to call this work merely an anatomy and physiology text. Many aspects of pathophysiology are found in the Clinical Application boxes and case studies within the chapters as well as the Mini Atlas and pathological conditions found in Appendix A. In addition, there are related listings addressing medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols and laboratory values. This text is actually a combination work of anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology. To be fair, the book's title does suggest it is more than an anatomy and physiology text but it does not accurately reflect the dual nature of the content.
Assessment: Overall, an excellent text and superior to most other foundational texts offered for the same level of students. I would use it as the main text for a basic anatomy and physiology course and require it as a supplemental text thorough out the curriculum for students entering a health profession. I have not had an opportunity to review earlier editions of this book and therefore cannot speak to its justification for replacing this current text.