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Human Anatomy and Physiology with Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite, 8th Edition Hardcover – January 10, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0805395914 ISBN-10: 0805395911 Edition: 8th

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With theEighth Editionof the top-sellingHuman Anatomy & Physiologybook, trusted authors Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn have produced the most accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date, and visually stunning anatomy & physiology book on the market. Marieb draws on her career as an A&P professor and her experience as a part-time nursing student, while Hoehn relies on her medical education and classroom experience to explain concepts and processes in a meaningful and memorable way.


The most significant revision to date, theEighth Editionmakes it easier for readers to learn key concepts in A&P. The new edition features a whole new art program that is not only more visually dynamic and vibrant than in previous editions but is also much more pedagogically effective for today's readers, including new Focus figures, which guide readers through the toughest concepts in A&P. The book has been edited to make it easier than ever to study from and navigate, with integrated objectives, new concept check questions, and a new design program. The new, easy-to-use Instructor Resource DVD includes brand-new A&P Flix animations and all the tools instructors need to prepare their lecture presentations. The robust media package provides readers with indispensable practice tools, tutorials, and self-assessments to help them succeed in their A&P lecture and lab course.


Package Components:

  • Interactive Physiology®10-System Suite (IP-10)CD-ROM
  • A Brief Atlas of the Human Body,Second Edition
  • Access to myA&P(tm)Website with myeBookforHuman Anatomy & Physiology, Eighth Edition
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology, Eighth Edition

 The Human Body: An Orientation, Chemistry Comes Alive, Cells: The Living Units, Tissue: The Living Fabric, The Integumentary System, Bones and Skeletal Tissues, The Skeleton, Joints, Muscles and Muscle Tissue, The Muscular System, Fundamentals of the Nervous System and Nervous Tissue, The Central Nervous System,  The Peripheral Nervous System and Reflex Activity, The Autonomic Nervous System, The Special Senses, The Endocrine System,  Blood, The Cardiovascular System: The Heart, The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels, The Lymphatic System and Lymphoid Organs and Tissues, The Immune System: Innate and Adaptive Body Defensives, The Respiratory System, The Digestive System, Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Temperature Regulation, The Urinary System, Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance, The Reproductive System, Pregnancy and Human Development, Heredity.Intended for those interested in learning the basics of human anatomy & physiology

About the Author


For Elaine N. Marieb, taking the student's perspective into account has always been an integral part of her teaching style. Dr. Marieb began her teaching career at Springfield College, where she taught anatomy and physiology to physical education majors. She then joined the faculty of the Biological Science Division of Holyoke Community College after receiving her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

While teaching at Holyoke Community College, where many of her students were pursuing nursing degrees, she developed a desire to better understand the relationship between the scientific study of the human body and the clinical aspects of the nursing practice. To that end, while continuing to teach full time, Dr. Marieb pursued her nursing education, which culminated in a Master of Science degree with a clinical specialization in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts. It is this experience, along with stories from the field–including those of former students, now in health careers–that has informed the development of the unique perspective and accessibility for which her texts and laboratory manuals are known.

In her ongoing commitment to students and her realization of the challenges they face, Dr. Marieb has given generously to provide opportunities for students to further their education. She contributes to the New Directions, New Careers Program at Holyoke Community College by providing several full-tuition scholarships each year for women returning to college after a hiatus or who are attending college for the first time and would otherwise be unable to continue with their studies without financial support. She funds the E. N. Marieb Science Research Awards at Mount Holyoke College, which promotes research by undergraduate science majors, and generously contributed to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she provided funding for reconstruction and instrumentation of a cutting-edge cytology research laboratory that bears her name.

In 1994, Dr. Marieb received the Benefactor Award from the National Council for Resource Development, American Association of Community Colleges, which recognizes her ongoing sponsorship of student scholarships, faculty teaching awards, and other academic contributions to Holyoke Community College. In May 2000, the science building at Holyoke Community College was named in her honor.

Additionally, while actively engaged as an author, Dr. Marieb serves as a consultant for the Benjamin Cummings Interactive Physiology¨ CD-ROM series, and is an active member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Sigma Xi. Anatomy & Physiology, Second Edition is the latest expression of her commitment to student needs in their pursuit of the study of A&P.


Dr. Katja Hoehn is an instructor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Canada. Dr. Hoehn's first love is teaching. Her teaching excellence has been recognized by several awards during her 14 years at Mount Royal College. These include a PanCanadian Educational Technology Faculty Award (1999), a Teaching Excellence Award from the Student’s Association of Mount Royal College (2001), and the Mount Royal College Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2004).


Dr. Hoehn received her M.D. (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Dalhousie University. In 1991, the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation presented her with the Max Forman (Jr.) Prize for excellence in medical research. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, she also pursued her passion for teaching by presenting guest lectures to first- and second-year medical students at Dalhousie University and at the University of Calgary


Dr. Hoehn has been a contributor to several books and has written numerous research papers in Neuroscience and Pharmacology. She oversaw the recent revision of the Interactive Physiology modules, and co-authored the newest module, The Immune System.


Dr. Hoehn is also actively involved in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS). When not teaching, she likes to spend time outdoors with her husband and two boys, compete in triathlons, and play Irish flute.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 8 edition (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805395911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805395914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.3 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Very good book, details and images are great!
This is the required text book for the physiology class.
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114 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Pneumatikos on July 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I used the previous (7th) edition and got an "A" in my online Anatomy and Physiology class. From what I could tell, there was no difference between the cheaper 7th edition and the ridiculously priced 8th edition except for the picture on the cover!

I gave the book three stars because it was unclear and lacked details in so many areas that it left me confused. I had to clarify a lot of issues by looking them up online.

I resold my book after I was finished with it for the same amount of money I paid for it so all it cost me was the initial shipping fee.

FYI - I quit buying books at my campus bookstore after the first semester and have saved over $1000.00 so far, just by buying used, previous editions.

The latest ploy these unscrupulous bookstores use is to package up a bunch of useless items with the necessary textbook and sell the "bundle" at an outrageous price. It is criminal.

I always ask the instructors before hand what other materials are required and if I can use the previous edition. 99 percent of the time they tell me the ONLY thing I need is the textbook and the previous edition is OK. Occasionally a professor will insist on the current edition and I still save a ton of money buying it used on Amazon.com. When I am finished, I re-sell them and usually get all my money back!

We need to get the word out about the college bookstore textbook scams! It is an OUTRAGE!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on December 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book was alright. I found myself reaching for other Anatomy & Physiology textbooks to find more multiple choice questions to prepare for exams. I bought my textbook used -- which did not come with the atlas -- I regret not having the atlas while I was studying the bones in my anatomy class.

The Interactive Physiology(IP) DVD was absolutely invaluable to my physiology course. My professor did a poor job lecturing and this made up for it. I don't think I ever would have understood the immune system without IP. Worksheets are available with each body system covered in IP. Although helpful, they took FOREVER to complete, on average 10 hours.

Practice Anatomy Lab (2.0) was also a very helpful interactive DVD that helped me prepare for anatomy practicums. It was great being able to roll over a cadaver and have names of various muscles, veins, and arteries pop up.

My prof is a reviewer for the publisher and unfortunately solely relied on the publisher's test bank for our physiology exams. They are poorly worded and confused "A" students to the point where "C" was a very common grade in our class.

Best of luck to you!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By guttedsquid on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have found myself consistently emailing my professor with questions because Marieb skips out on detail. I have also been consulting my gray's anatomy textbook because this textbook lacks the structures I need to study in lab. At times the author will list components, and either summarize them with a single sentence, or just list them with no elaboration.

-For instance, when discussing cells found in connective tissue the book says "masts cells and macrophages are so important to overall body defense that they deserve brief mention here" and lists three chemicals found in mast cells, with a single sentence describing each chemical. If mast cells are so important, why not follow this up with a brief explanation of *how these three chemicals work together*? What is most incredible that this section of text is IDENTICAL to the FOURTH EDITION with NO FURTHER ELABORATION! Why jump through four new editions without revising the book to offer better content?
-Another fine example of lack of elaboration is found in the section describing the ultrastructure and molecular composition of myofilaments. I quote, "Other proteins that act to bind filaments or sarcomeres together and maintain their alignment include nebulin, myomesin, and C proteins." The text then cuts to a section titled "Sarcoplasmic Reticulum and T-Tubules" and fails to provide any other information surrounding these compounds.

I think the Tortora A&P textbook does a better job of presenting a complete picture of the human body that is appropriate for the undergrad level, giving more detailed explanations, as well as providing more examples of homeostasis vs dysfunction. It presents many more clinically relevant facts to bring about further insight and interest within the reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly VINE VOICE on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a nursing student and took 3 quarters worth of A&P before I got into my program. This is the book that was used in all three of my A&P classes. I read the majority of the chapters and found the text to be very student friendly. Explanations were pretty clear to me. Many things were explained using illustrations which were broken down into steps which I found helpful.

If you get the book new, there should be a code which you can scratch off that allows you to register on the text's website to access online content. My copy of the book came with an Interactive Physiology CD, which I found to be extremely helpful in explaining certain concepts. I also received a Human Body atlas that had pictures of bones, organ systems, and different types of tissues. I bought my book from the campus bookstore though, so it all came in a pack. If you want the CD and atlas as well, there is a seperate listing/page for it here on Amazon. I highly reccommend getting them, especially the CD.

If your A&P class is using this text, I would say it's a good one and would reccommend it. My professors based their powerpoint slides off of the text and I felt that I learned a lot after three terms of A&P.
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