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Human Anatomy (6th Edition)


Author: Elaine N. Marieb

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings


Publish Date: January 17, 2010

ISBN-10: 321616111

Pages: 880

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The general philosophy behind this Sixth Edition of Human Anatomy remains the same as in the previous editions. As an instructor, you know that teaching anatomy is not just the presentation of facts. You must provide information in a framework that encourages genuine understanding, devise new presentations to help students remember large amounts of material, and help students apply what they have learned to new situations. All the while you hope that you inspire in the students a love of the subject.

After many years of teaching human anatomy, we became convinced that new approaches to the subject could excite and challenge the students’ natural curiosity. That is why we decided to write this book. We are fortunate to have collaborated with Pearson Benjamin Cummings, a publisher that shares our goal: to set a new standard for pedagogical and visual effectiveness in an anatomy text.

This book is designed for one-semester or one-quarter introductory anatomy courses that serve students in prenursing, premedical, pre–physical therapy, radiological technology, physician assistant training, predentistry, pharmacy, and other allied health fields, as well as physical education, athletic training, and nutrition.

Unique Approach to Anatomy
Since its inception, we have worked diligently to distinguish Human Anatomy from the many other anatomy books currently available. This book explains anatomy thoroughly, and its discussions are not merely brief summaries of the art. We have striven to present the basic concepts of anatomy— gross, microscopic, developmental, and clinical—in a manner that is clearly written, effectively organized, up to date, and well illustrated. We realize that learning anatomy involves assimilating gargantuan amounts of material, and we have tried to make our presentation as logical and accessible as possible. To this end, we present anatomy as a “story” that can be explained and understood—convincing the students that the structure of the body makes sense.

Although descriptive gross anatomy is a relatively static science, knowledge is growing quickly in the subfields of functional anatomy, neuroanatomy, developmental anatomy, and the functional aspects of tissue and cellular anatomy. This text strives to keep up with the knowledge explosion in these subfields and to present anatomy in a way that allows modern biology students, whose training is becoming ever more molecular and cellular, to anchor their biochemical and medical training in the physical context of the human body.

Functional Approach
We strongly emphasize the functional anatomy theme, giving careful consideration to the adaptive characteristics of the anatomical structures of the body. Wherever possible, we explain how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allow them to perform their functions. Such functional anatomy is not physiology (which focuses on biological mechanisms), but is more akin to “design analysis.” This approach is unique for a text at this level.

Microscopic Anatomy
We have worked to provide an especially effective treatment of microscopic anatomy. Many undergraduate texts treat histology as a specialized and minor subfield that takes a back seat to gross anatomy. This is unfortunate, because most physiological and disease processes take place at the cell and tissue level, and most allied-health students require a solid background in histology and subcellular structure to prepare them for their physiology courses.

Our text is designed to present embryology in the most effective and logical way. We are convinced that the fundamentals should be presented early in the text, before the more advanced discussions of the developing organ systems in the relevant chapters. Therefore, we wrote Chapter 3 as a basic introduction to embryology. Because a comprehensive presentation of embryology early in the book could be intimidating to some students, we have used a “velvet glove approach,” providing only the most important concepts in a concise, understandable way, and visually reinforced with exceptionally clear art.

Life Span Approach
Most chapters in this book close with a “Throughout Life” section that first summarizes the embryonic development of organs of the system and then examines how these organs change across one’s life span. Diseases particularly common during certain periods of life are pointed out, and effects of aging are considered. The implications of aging are particularly important to students in the health-related curricula because many of their patients will be in the senior age group.

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