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Core Concepts in Health, Brief Update 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073529646
ISBN-10: 0073529648
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About the Author

Paul Insel, PhD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been the principal investigator of numerous NIH studies involving health education, mental health, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and nutrition. He has authored 14 books and more than 100 articles.

Walton T. Roth, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Psychiatric Consultation Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is author of over 150 research articles about how the body reacts to stress and psychological disorders. His clinical specialties are the treatment of anxiety disorders and psychiatric consultation in the general hospital.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 10 edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073529648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073529646
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I needed this book to study for the Dante DSST test to get three credits towards my graduation. All the information was right there. This was an easy study guide that offered questions and answers in the back of the book. I really appreciated that. Also I got it very quickly from the bookseller surprisingly. I did not think I would get it so fast. thank you.
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Core Concepts in Health by Paul Insel and Walton Roth is, quite simply, the best university-level health education textbook on the market. It is available in both brief and expanded editions. I used this book when I taught health education at Stanford in the 1980s and it just keeps getting better and better. I also used it internationally when I taught at the Moscow State Pedagogical University in Russia, also with great success.

The book covers all the key aspects of health, with a special focus on university students. It is well designed and colorful with numerous photographs and explanatory notes. In addition to the textbook there are a number of aids for the teacher, including the Course Integrator Guide which provides learning objectives, classroom activities, internet resources, and other teaching tools. More than 150 transparency masters and handouts are also provided as well as a Test Bank of some 2000 questions. Finally, a set of Wellness Worksheets, which is a student learning aid, is also provided.

The preface of the book includes an outline of the format of the book, entitled "A Guided Tour of Core Concepts in Health." Here both the student and the teacher can get a good understanding of how to use the book to maximum effectiveness. An important aspect of this guide (and the book) is the extent to which the authors focus on behavior change, providing both specific behavior change plans for particular areas of wellness and "Take Charge" boxes which give practical advice to apply the information from the text to the student's own life.

In teaching Core Concepts an instructor can follow the lessons as outlined in the book or take an approach that is more suited to the needs and interests of the students.
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If you can save money by buying the looseleaf version of this text, then do it. I rarely used it for class, but I was taking an online course. I also am a biology major, so most of this information was stuff I'd learned a long time ago in intro to bio, or anatomy and physiology. There is also not much of a difference between this text, and the next edition, so whichever one you can get in the looseleaf version, do that.
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As a student in a City University of New York school, I was required to take a course in Health Education. The course and the textbook are both primarily the reiteration of common sense. At least that's what I thought. I was surprised to find that so many of my classmates really did not know this information. So I suppose the course and the book are necessary after all. Like virtually all textbooks these days, there is a great deal of propaganda. Even though I agree with most of the propaganda, ideally a textbook would not be trying to push a social agenda. In that respect the book not only fails, but some people could consider it inflammatory. Those who select textbooks should be aware of the values of their particular community. I would suggest looking at the book carefully and vetting it with supervisors as well as compare it to competitors. I'm not an authority on these things, I'm just a mature student who has returned to college after a 40-year hiatus. I've lived in the real world. I haven't been cloistered in academe all my life. While it may not raise an eyebrow in New York City, it could possibly upset some people in rural or conservative areas.

Although I think it's a visually attractive book with a plethora of nice color photographs, diagrams, and drawings, my major gripe against this book is that it is three times as large and three times as expensive as it ought to be. Virtually EVERYTHING in the book is printed three times. Information will appear in the text. Then there will be a sidebar story that repeats the information WORD FOR WORD. Then on top of that, the information will be repeated again in slightly altered form (say, bullet points) as an end-of-chapter summary. That's overkill. The book is padded, over-priced, and weighs too much.
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I bought this book when I needed to complete a single credit for my bachelor's program. Purchasing the book and studying for the exam was far less money then paying for a class. It was easy to read and understand. I studied for about two months when I could. I then tried a couple of practice exams before I took and passed the real thing!
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I used to practice for and pass the DSST "Here's to your health" test. I did very well and found that all of the information in this book was relevant to the test.
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I bought this for a test I'm required to take for school. Got this the day before it was expected to arrive. It's in great shape! Like new! The only thing is, it's got a stamp across the front that says, "NOT FOR RESALE. DONATION ONLY." Don't know if I should be concerned about that. Anyhoo, can't beat the price and the speedy delivery!
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