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The Human Body in Health & Disease, 5th Edition Paperback – March 26, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0323054928 ISBN-10: 0323054927 Edition: 5th

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Gary A. Thibodeau, PhD, Chancellor, North Hall, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI; and Kevin T. Patton, PhD, Professor, Department of Life Sciences, St. Charles County Community College, St. Peters, MO; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis, MO --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 5th edition (March 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323054927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323054928
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Summer B. Frace on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is designed to be an introduction to A & P and it does that very well. I didn't give the book a perfect 5 star rating for a couple of reasons. First, I have a background in anatomy and found some of their explanations of a few body systems to be confusing even though I already knew the information. This was particularly true of their explanation of the Autonomic Nervous System. In general, most things are explained well and have a lot of really helpful accompanying figures and tables.
The only other thing that I don't particularly like is the way the pathology is integrated. I feel like it was a little to heavy on the disease end of things. This is really sort of a personal preference, I am not really a pathologist so I didn't feel the need to have that information. It just depends on your focus of study.
The thing I really like about the book is the review section at the end. First, there is an extremely helpful outline summary, which is really handy if you didn't understand something in the chapter. Second, there is a chapter test that can help you review and test what you learned.
The only shortcoming of the review section at the end is that it doesn't have all the key terms (in bold type throughout the chapter) listed. In my studying, I generally went back through the chapter page by page after reading it and wrote down each key term and its definition instead of using the list in the review section. Also, all the key terms that are in bold print are not in the glossary, which I think they should be if they are going to go out of their way to make them bold.
All in all, a good introduction. Definitely pick up the student study guide that is designed to go with this text, as it will definitely help you study.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Selah on March 16, 2008
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I had to buy three A&P textbooks for a class I'm taking. This one is by far the best. Easy to understand, chock full of great artwork, and a nice balance between normal functioning (the biggest focus by far) versus common diseases for each system of the body (usually to highlight why normal functioning is so important). My CD was broken, so I can only use the online study tools, and they are helpful. Nice job!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Greene on May 26, 2006
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First, let me explain myself a little so that you may know where I am coming from. I am a pre-med biology major who will be a senior for the fall '06 term. I have never had any A&P class whatsoever because the biology department's requirements...well, that is another story. I bought this book because it is not too detailed to lose sight of the big picture but just detailed enough to explain pretty much all the A&P that will be on the MCAT. Of course, this book has tons of stuff that is NOT tested on the MCAT, but I have the examkracker books and I use this book for the (very) few times examkrackers does a poor job explaining things. It's also always good to read the same thing from various sources because the information is much easier to retain that way. I like the pathology that is intermixed throughout the entire book, and the outline pages at the end of each chapter are nice as well as the "case studies" that you are presented with. All in all, this book would be 5 stars for its high yield, one semester A&P (and some pathology) content, but I had to take off one star for the abysmal section on nutrition and metabolism. Glycolysis, CAC, and ETC are barely mentioned. The one or two figures are childish (the others are really good). I may be biased though because I just got out of biochemistry and metabolism was beaten into my brain. Still, I can recommend this to those who want a cheap, basic A&P book to supplement their MCAT Biology studying. The pathology stuff is just bonus and fun to read as sort of a segway into my senior year and my pathology class.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LMS on November 22, 2006
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I had to buy this book as a text for a class I'm taking for my degree in Medical Transcription. I came into this class with zero background in Anatomy and physiology. There are some things I like about this book and some I don't.

First, this book is jammed full of interesting information. I love the way it breaks down the different body systems and explains them. I also thought the diagrams were very well done and very easy to understand.

Now for the negative. My biggest complaint is that it wasn't always easy to determine what to write down. I wish they would have bolded or italicized key terms. At times, I thought the writing got a little technical and confusing sometimes. Especially the chapter on the nervous system.

Also, I think this text tends to be very wordy. They take a whole paragraph to say something that could easily be said in a couple sentences.

But overall, I think this is a good book for someone who has little or no experience in anatomy and physiology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francine Milford on September 18, 2011
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This book is so well done that I use it for my own students in my massage school. Great information and better graphics than last edition. I would recommend this book to the beginning A & P student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MatureStudent on August 8, 2011
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This book was a required pruchase for a course. It was easy to read and the test/quizzes at the end of each chapter helped greatly in ensuring my understanding of the key concepts. I have no plans of reselling this book as it is a great reference guide.
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