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Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 11th Edition

Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 11th Edition PDF

Author: Cinnamon VanPutte, Jennifer Regan

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education


Publish Date: January 20, 2021

ISBN-10: 1260722716

Pages: 752

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology is designed to help students develop a solid, basic understanding of essential concepts in anatomy and physiology without an encyclopedic presentation of detail. Our goal as authors is to offer a textbook that provides enough information to allow students to understand basic concepts, and from that knowledge, make reasonable predictions and analyses. We have taken great care to select critically important information and present it in a way that maximizes understanding.


Critical thinking skills help students build a knowledge base for solving problems. An emphasis on critical thinking is integrated throughout this textbook. This approach is found in questions at the beginning of each chapter, and embedded within the narrative; in clinical material that is designed to bridge concepts explained in the text with real-life applications and scenarios; in Process Figure questions that apply physiological processes to practical situations, to promote applied understanding; in end-of-chapter questions that go beyond rote memorization; and in a visual program that presents material in understandable, relevant images.

  • Pedagogy builds student comprehension from knowledge to application (Apply It questions, Critical Thinking questions, and Learn to Apply It Answers)

Apply It Questions challenge students to use their understanding of new concepts to solve a problem. Answers to the questions are provided at the end of the book, allowing students to evaluate their responses and to understand the logic used to arrive at the correct answer.

Critical Thinking These innovative exercises encourage students to apply chapter concepts to solve a problem. Answering these questions helps students build a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology while developing reasoning skills. Answers are provided in Appendix D.

Clinical Emphasis—Case Studies Bring Relevance to the Reader

When problems in structure and/or function of the human body occur, this is often the best time to comprehend how the two are related. Clinical Impact boxes provide a thorough clinical education that fully supports the surrounding textual material. Systems Pathology boxes provide a modern and systems interaction approach to clinical study of the materials presented.

  • Clinical Impact essays (placed at key points in the text)

  • Chapter-opening clinical scenarios/vignettes

  • Learn to Apply It and chapter Apply It questions with unique Learn to Apply It Answers

  • Systems Pathology Boxes

Clinical Impact These in-depth essays explore relevant topics of clinical interest. Subjects covered include pathologies, current research, sports medicine, exercise physiology, pharmacology, and various clinical applications.

Systems Pathology Boxes These spreads explore a specific condition or disorder related to a particular body system. Presented in a simplified case-study format, each Systems Pathology box begins with a patient history followed by background information about the featured topic.

Microbes in Your Body helps students to understand the important role microbes play in helping various systems of the body to maintain homeostasis.

Effects of Aging describes changes that occur as a person ages. Each reading focuses on the changes that occur in a specific body system.

Exceptional Art—Instructive Artwork Promotes Interest and Clarifies Ideas

A picture is worth a thousand words—especially when you’re learning anatomy and physiology. Brilliantly rendered and carefully reviewed for accuracy and consistency, the precisely labeled illustrations and photos provide concrete, visual reinforcement of important topics discussed throughout the text.

Chapter-opener figures provide a visual overview of major concepts of the chapter, highlighting the components of systems, tissues, or mechanisms that will be explored.

Realistic Anatomical Art The anatomical figures in Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology have been carefully drawn to convey realistic, three-dimensional detail. Richly textured bones and artfully shaded muscles, organs, and vessels lend a sense of realism to the figures that helps students envision the appearance of actual structures within the body.

Atlas-Quality Cadaver Images Clearly labeled photos of dissected human cadavers provide detailed views of anatomical structures, capturing the intangible characteristics of actual human anatomy that can be appreciated only when viewed in human specimens.

Multi-level Perspective Illustrations depicting complex structures or processes combine macroscopic and microscopic views to help students see the relationships between increasingly detailed drawings. Drawings are often paired with photographs to enhance the visualization of the structures.

Histology Micrographs Light micrographs, as well as scanning and transmission electron micrographs, are used in conjunction with illustrations to present a true picture of anatomy and physiology from the cellular level.

Specialized Figures Clarify Tough Concepts

Studying anatomy and physiology does not have to be an intimidating task mired in memorization. Seeley’s Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology uses two special types of illustrations to help students not only learn the steps involved in specific processes, but also apply the knowledge as they predict outcomes in similar situations. Process Figures organize the key occurrences of physiological processes in an easy-to-follow format. Process Figure questions that follow each figure legend apply physiological processes to practical situations, to promote applied understanding. Homeostasis Figures summarize the mechanisms of homeostasis by diagramming how a given system regulates a parameter within a narrow range of values.

Step-by-Step Process Figures Process Figures break down physiological processes into a series of smaller steps, allowing readers to build their understanding by learning each important phase. Numbers are placed carefully in the art, permitting students to zero right in to where the action described in each step takes place.

Correlated with APR! Homeostasis Figures with in-art explanations and organ icons

  • These specialized flowcharts illustrating the mechanisms that body systems employ to maintain homeostasis have been refined and improved in the ninth edition.

  • More succinct explanations

  • Small icon illustrations included in boxes depict the organ or structure being discussed.

Learn to Apply It and Learn to Apply It Answer—Helping students learn how to think critically

  • A Learn to Apply It question begins each chapter, which links the chapter opener scenario and photo to the topics covered within the chapter. Apply It questions appear throughout each chapter, to reinforce critical thinking.

  • The answers to Learn to Apply It teach students step-by-step how to answer the chapter-opening critical thinking question. These answers to odd-numbered Apply It questions can be found in Appendix E. This is foundational to real learning and is a crucial part of helping students put facts together to reach that “Aha” moment of true comprehension.


Learning Outcomes are closely linked with in-chapter Apply It and Learn to Apply It questions as well as the Summary, Critical Thinking, and Review and Comprehension questions. These carefully designed learning aids assist students in reviewing chapter content, evaluating their grasp of key concepts, and utilizing what they’ve learned.

Studying Anatomy and Physiology does not have to be intimidating

Chapter Summary The summary is now conveniently linked by section and page number while it briefly states the important facts and concepts covered in each chapter.

Remembering and Understanding These practice questions cover the main points presented in the chapter. Completing this self-test helps students gauge their mastery of the material.

Critical Thinking Questions These innovative exercises encourage students to apply chapter concepts to solve problems. Answering these questions helps build their working knowledge of anatomy and physiology while developing reasoning and critical thinking skills.

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