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Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 7 edition


Author: Valerie C. Scanlon PhD

Publisher: F.A. Davis Company


Publish Date: November 25, 2014

ISBN-10: 803639570

Pages: 704

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Once again, we extend our gratitude to all of you who have used previous editions of Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology and are considering adopting our seventh edition. We are pleased to welcome new readers as well, and we thank you for choosing our book.

The seventh edition remains focused on presenting basic anatomy and physiology with the clarity of the text complemented and enhanced by superb illustrations. The text has been updated in many small ways to remain contemporary. These include brief discussions of our microbiota in Chapter 1 (and appropriate later chapters), the oligosaccharides in breast milk in Chapter 2, epigenetics and primary cilia in Chapter 3, connective tissue disorders in Chapter 4, motor units and the muscle hormone irisin in Chapter 7, celiac disease in Chapter 16, human papillomavirus in Chapter 20, and evaluation of fetal DNA in maternal blood for prenatal testing in Chapter 21. Chapter 12 has been revised and now begins with a description of cardiac muscle tissue, pulling together material from previous chapters.

All of the For Further Thought sections now end with at least one illustration question. New ones include the relationship of organ systems in Chapter 1, the hydrogen bonds formed by water molecules in Chapter 2, effects of sunlight on the skin in Chapter 5, a nerve pathway (to be named by the student) in Chapter 8, the hormones of stressful situations in Chapter 10, a time line of immune responses in Chapter 14, hormones of the duodenum in Chapter 16, regulation of body temperature in Chapter 17, and relationships of the reproductive organs to other organ systems in Chapter 20. When the students have labeled the picture and answered the questions, the whole then becomes an integral part of the chapter. We hope you will consider assigning these questions, and that students will find them enjoyable and helpful.

Colleagues, please keep in mind that the Instructor’s Guide contains a full list of these additions in the “New to This Edition” section for each chapter of the textbook, as well as detailed answers to all of the For Further Thought questions.

As always, your comments and suggestions will be most welcome, and they may be sent to us in care of the publisher: F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Valerie C. Scanlon
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Tina Sanders
Castle Creek, New York

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