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The Physiology Coloring Book (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Wynn Kapit , Robert I. Macey , Esmail Meisami
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October 3, 1999 0321036638 978-0321036636 2nd
This coloring book offers an enjoyable, highly effective way for students to learn physiology. Topics are covered in self-contained two-page spreads, allowing students to easily focus on the material being presented. A unique combination of introductory material, names and illustrations to be colored, and substantive captions deliver a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand, treatment of physiology. The Physiology Coloring Book is the companion to the extremely successful Anatomy Coloring Book , which has sold more than 2.5 million copies.

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About the Author

Wynn Kapit graduated in 1955 from the University of Miami, Florida with honors in Business Administration and Law. He then attended Art Center School in Los Angeles and worked in New York as a graphic designer and advertising art director from 1960-66. He moved to California to pursue a painting career and was given a one-man show at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco in 1968. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Masters in Painting and worked as a portraitist and teacher of figure drawing.

While taking a class in human anatomy at San Francisco City College, he discovered a way to effectively learn the subject by coloring in drawings, diagrams and names. The teacher of the course, Lawrence Elson, Ph.D. agreed to help him produce a coloring book. Elson wrote and Kapit designed and illustrated The Anatomy Coloring Book, which was published in 1977 and has been a widely-translated bestseller ever since. The Physiology Coloring Book was published in 1987, with the assistance of two professors from Berkeley: Robert Macey and Esmail Meisami. The Geography Coloring Book was published in 1991; Kapit drew the maps and wrote the text. The Anatomy Coloring Book was published in a second edition in 1993, and second editions of Geography and Physiology Coloring Books will be published in 1997.

Robert Macey is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Department of Physiology-Anatomy at Berkeley. Dr. Macey has written extensive research articles and reviews on membrane transport as well as a successful text on human physiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Esmail Meisami is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois. He has authored and edited books on biology, physiology, human growth and development, and developmental neurobiology and has written numerous research papers on sensory systems and hormones in brain development. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2nd edition (October 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321036638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321036636
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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190 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best way to learn Physiology August 7, 2001
This book is incredible - authors have really latched onto a great teaching technique. The information is excellent, succinct and very complete. The drawings are incredibly detailed and FUN to color (ok I'm 52 and may be in my 2nd childhood, but this is an very effective way to learn a very complex subject.) I am a vet tech student going for a second career (and possible poverty) - classic midlife crisis - and this book is great. In addition to being very informative and intellectually stimulating, it is also relaxing to do the coloring. And, there are things I have learned that I will never forget because my mind immediately recalls me coloring the particular process. Wish there were a similar Anatomy book that concentrated more on veterinary anatomy - the parallel coloring book for Anatomy is very human-centered.
Two criticisms:
1) I think the authors are trying to save you $$$ so they say you only need 10 colored pencils - save yourself frustration and buy the Crayola box of 32 at any art store - only $8.50 or so - and save yourself some grief - there are many plates that need more than 10 colors.
2) There are a few errors in the coloring notes - not too many - but they do exist, so if something seems wrong, just use your common sense.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled learning tool! February 21, 2000
I purchased this book after discovering how useful the Anatomy Coloring Book was to my studies, and I have to say I'm every bit as impressed with Wynn Kapit's second book! Although at first glance this would appear to be an overly simplistic method of learning (frankly, I don't think I've colored since I was six!), I've found it to be beneficial for several reasons - the colouring process introduces an entirely new aspect of learning (versus reading and auditory methods), and allows the student to see the positioning and relationship of the physiological processes in question. The diagrams are clear and comprehensive, and when completed, present an easy-reference, colour-coded plate for the student to quickly refer back to. Even after in-depth text readings on the various physiological systems, I find that completing the appropriate "coloring plate" in the Physiology Coloring Book leaves me with a much more complete understanding of the system in question. I would highly recommend this book to anyone studying physiology - for a course or for their own personal development. The effort required to complete these plates could undoubtedly be the difference between studying the process and learning the process!
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I luv the fundamental idea of this book. May 27, 2007
Speaking for myself, I have come to view that the act of coloring does in fact foster retention and understanding. This book really does make learning fun. However, I am surprised that this is the 2nd Edition. This book is in dire need of careful proofreading. I am not qualified to say that there are fundamental errors of physiological facts (this is why I purchased the book) but I have found many many "slip of the pen" type of errors. The least bothersome are a myriad of spelling errors. There are some points where sentences are abruptly cut before completion. Common sense does There are several instances where it is unclear what part is what. Some of these mistakes can not be overcome with common sense making the lesson of the plate very difficult to understand.

P.S. The observant reader will have noticed that I abruptly cut a sentence midway through.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars visual learners best friend March 21, 2006
As a visual learner studying in the science/maths field, and being an English/Arts major, I found this book incredible helpful in making the basic and more complex areas of physiology concrete in my mind. This in turn has helped me do well in my exams. Worth a read if you're interested in physiology.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More text than pictures November 2, 2010
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This was a big disappointment. I like the "coloring book" series for their pictures, but this one has very small & difficult to see pictures. 80% is actually text. I would return this but since Amazon will charge me shipping I'll just stick it on a shelf.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes your life very simple... and easy August 17, 2002
Don't be fooled by the title, this book in fact will colour up your life. The diagrams are easy to read, and the explanations in each page are wonderful. You will understand difficult concepts with very good cartoons that will be flashing before your eyes, at the test (I loved the explanation about Hb). Don't wait more and buy it. Use it after you've read your big book and the facts will be kept long time in your mind. Wonderful! Hooray for it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful November 10, 2006
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I found this book hard to read. The print is small and there is alot of it where I think it could have maybe been condensed. Also the relationship between the writing and the pictures was not clear. I like a book that refers to the organ or part of the organ and then tells you to color it. I learn better this way. However, this is the only physiology coloring book that I could find so I was definitely able to make use of it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great physiology teaching and learning aid March 20, 2006
This is an excellent aid to understanding physiology. I taught physiology to Frosh this year as part of our introductory series, and used about 6 different textbooks in physiology to teach myself the basics of the subject matter. This coloring book frequently gave the best and most clear description. I recommend it highly as an adjunct to text book material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me get through Chiropractic School!!!
This book was an extremely helpful side tool to reinforce the basic concepts of physiology. Our doctor simplified things the best she could but physiology is not a simple subject... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Madscientist4
5.0 out of 5 stars Physiology Coloring book
The Physiology Coloring Book for anyone one who is taking Medical Coding. It helps with identifying all the parts nor deals with visual is better than just reading about.
Published 24 days ago by Sara Franzen
1.0 out of 5 stars Returned!
I loved the Anatomy coloring book so I got this one thinking that it would be helpful as well. I ended up returning it. Was pointless, Save your money.
Published 1 month ago by rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
There are a few problems, and it may be out of date on some things.

But it was fun thinking about the material while coloring, relating it to mental content from other,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Araktsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adjunct to the main material.
This is a fun and incredibly efficient way to remember the plethora of details of pathology. Have used it in 4 lessons so far and makes the details more clear.
Published 3 months ago by Manon Larose
5.0 out of 5 stars Intricate
This book has been extremely helpful. I hate the coloring but that's what I have to do for class so it is what it is. But it arrived in perfect condition.
Published 3 months ago by Jeanae
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! Thanks!
I like this book a lot because it is easy to understand, and it helps me with the new concepts.
Published 3 months ago by Marinell Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase!
This product is useful for visual people, that can learn more from schemes than from texts (as I do!). The conditions of the book were just perfect, as expected!
Published 4 months ago by Maria Beatriz Lacerda Coelho de Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Order for my sister in Oklahoma
I ordered this book for my sister in order for her to understand functions of the colon and the liver as her husband has colon cancer that has metastasized to his liver. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julia I. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Physiology coloring Book review
I love this book, an excellently illustrated presentation for a neophyte learning college level information about the human body & system. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MaryL
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