Because this product purports to complement my textbook, and even has my name on this study guide, I ordered it to see what's in it.
It seems to be a rather random collection of facts that only very loosely relate to my textbook's contents. Each chapter "outline" is a disorganized list of key terms, many of which are missing and all of which are in a somewhat random order.
The bulk of each chapter's material is a glossary of terms that are in random order (not ordered by their appearance in the chapter, nor ordered alphabetically). The definitions given seem accurate, but most do not really focus on the emphasis made in the textbook regarding these concepts. Many key concepts are missing and there are concepts introduced in the study guide that do not appear in the textbook.
There is not a single diagram in this study guide, quite surprising for such a visual discipline.
The study guide is approximately half the size of the entire textbook, coming in at 626 pages! Hardly a quick and easy way to get the meat of the subject.
As an experienced A&P professor, who has coached thousands of students, I suspect that most students would be confused by this study guide rather than helped by it. If one is already struggling to "get it" this could make things much worse.
The textbook already contains a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter list of key terms, each with a pronunciation key and definitions of word parts (both missing from this study guide), and complete glossary definitions/descriptions. The textbook also contains both brief and detailed chapter summary outlines, many summary tables, extensive diagrams, and many review questions and case studies. Much more than offered by this study guide, and certainly more context-sensitive. So why not avoid frustration and use the tools built into the textbook?
If the textbook alone does not seem to be enough, I think most students would be better off using Study Guide for Anatomy & Physiology, 8e
, which is an excellent illustrated study guide by Linda Swisher, and/or Mosby's Anatomy & Physiology Study and Review Cards, 1e
by veteran A&P teacher Dan Matusiak.