The Human Body in Health & Disease Softcover / Edition 4

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Offering a student-friendly writing style, this text presents a body systems approach with a strong emphasis on vocabulary and basic anatomy and physiology concepts, as well as the basic mechanisms of disease and pathologic conditions associated with each body system. This comprehensive text is dominated by two unifying themes: the complementarity of structure and function and homeostasis. The integrating principle of homeostasis is used to show how "normal" structure and function is achieved and maintained. Failures of homeostasis are shown as basic mechanisms of disease. The reader is drawn into the subject by superior illustrations, including cadaver dissections, and other student-friendly features.
  • Boxed Essays throughout each chapter contain information ranging from clinical applications to sidelights on recent research or topics related to exercise and fitness.
  • Clinical Applications at the end of each chapter offer short case studies with questions that tie theory to practice, and encourage students to apply their knowledge to specific, practical problems. Answers are in the back of the book.
  • Readability and coverage are at the appropriate level for students approaching the study of anatomy and physiology for the first time, with interesting analogies and examples along with the factual information.
  • Superior art program, with over 450 full-color illustrations, complements text material.
  • Chapter Outlines introduce each chapter and preview the content.
  • Objectives contain measurable objectives for students to identify key goals and master information.
  • Detailed Outline Summaries at the end of each chapter provide an excellent recap of important chapter content.
  • New and important vocabulary terms are listed at the end of each chapter, and a comprehensive Glossary provides the full definition for each term. All vocabulary terms in each chapter are provided in bold print.
  • Student self-evaluation activities at the end of each chapter measure their mastery of content. The Chapter Test (answers in back of book), Review Questions and Critical Thinking (answers in Instructor's Manual) provide objective and subjective questions and encourage use of critical thinking skills.
  • Pathologic Conditions appendix provides tables summarizing specific pathological conditions by characteristic.
  • Medical Terminology appendix provides a list of word parts commonly used in terms related to medicine and pathology, along with tips on dissecting complex terms to determine their meanings.
  • Clinical Laboratory Values appendix provides commonly observed values for human body content and physiological conditions, along with their normal ranges.
  • New Chemistry of Life chapter discusses basic chemistry concepts needed for understanding basic anatomy and physiology.
  • The Panorama of Anatomy and Physiology/Body Spectrum: Mosby's Electronic Anatomy Coloring Book are included in each textbook. A two-in-one CD-ROM featuring two of popular interactive programs, it simplifies the way students learn anatomy and medical terminology by offering 80 detailed anatomy illustrations that can be colored online or printed out to color and study offline. It also features quizzes, movie clips, fun facts, and information on careers in the field of A&P.
  • New Science Applications boxes are added to each chapter, highlighting the contributions of trailblazing scientists to the field of anatomy and physiology.
  • Study Tips with collaborative learning activities are now listed at the end of each chapter to assist students in how best to study the chapter materials, making this text more "student friendly" than ever before.
  • New Evolve website provides students access to web links created especially for this text along with online study activities and study tips. It also includes continually updated content, study through the Internet, and student-generated frequently asked questions with answers from the authors.
  • Quick Check questions are located immediately following major topic discussions through the body of the text, covering important information.
  • New full-color Mini-Atlas is added to the Appendix, containing cadaver dissections, osteology, organ casts, and surface anatomy photographs, helpfully illustrating the concepts and systems discussed in the book.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323031622
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/22/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.17 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Structure and Function of the Body
2 Chemistry of Life
3 Cells and Tissues
4 Organ Systems of the Body
5 Mechanisms of Disease
6 The Integumentary System and Body Membranes
7 The Skeletal System
8 The Muscular System
9 The Nervous System
10 The Senses
11 The Endocrine System
12 Blood
13 The Heart and Heart Disease
14 The Circulation of the Blood
15 The Lymphatic System and Immunity
16 The Respiratory System
17 The Digestive System
18 Nutrition and Metabolism
19 The Urinary System
20 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
21 Acid-Base Balance
22 The Reproductive Systems
23 Growth and Development
24 Genetics and Genetic Diseases

Appendix A Mini-Atlas
Appendix B Examples of Pathological Conditions
Appendix C Medical Terminology
Appendix D Clinical and Laboratory Values
Appendix E Common Abbreviations and Symbols


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