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Kevin has spent more than three decades teaching undergraduate human anatomy & physiology. He has also been writing A&P textbooks and related works. He is a President Emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and was founding director of the HAPS Institute. He also teaches graduate courses and workshops for those who teach A&P.

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A&P textbook coverAnatomy & Physiology
7th edition

Kevin T. Patton and
Gary A. Thibodeau

Elsevier Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-323-05532-1

Insights from the authors . . .

Chapter Organization

Organizing the book into chapters

Chapters are organized to improve reading accessibility and comprehension for all readers. The style of organization we adopt in this textbook help to make the material logical and manageable even for those who have difficulty reading.

If you look at our chapter list (below), you'll see that we have more chapters than other textbooks . . . but our textbook is not longer. What we've done is divide the chapters into shorter units to help make the reading more manageable for all our users.

You'll also notice that for some of the more complex topics, we've divided chapters into an "anatomy of" chapter followed by a "physiology of" chapter. At first glance, it may seem as if we are dis-integrating concepts that are should be fully integrated. Calm down. It's no such thing.

Instead, what we've done is take what could be one huge, overly complicated chapter and divide it in an educationally sound manner.

In the "anatomy of" chapter we explore the basic anatomical concepts within a functional framework. So the "anatomy of" chapters really do reference the physiology framework. As you know, it's best to know the structure of a system before one can fully comprehend its function. The "physiology of" chapter then builds on the concepts of the previous chapter to fully integrate knowledge of structure and function. In other words, we use the approach of Bloom's Taxonomy to build up to full understanding of complex concepts.

UNIT ONE- The Body as a Whole

Introduction: Seeing the Big Picture

  1. Organization of the Body
  2. The Chemical Basis of Life
  3. Anatomy of Cells (View Chapter PDF)
  4. Physiology of Cells 
  5. Tissues

UNIT TWO - Support and Movement

  1. Skin and its Appendages
  2. Skeletal Tissues 
  3. Skeletal System
  4. Articulations
  5. Anatomy of the Muscular System
  6. Physiology of the Muscular System 

UNIT THREE - Communication, Control, and Integration

  1. Nervous System Cells 
  2. Central Nervous System
  3. Peripheral Nervous System
  4. Sense Organs
  5. Endocrine System 

UNIT FOUR - Transportation and Defense

  1. Blood                                                  
  2. Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System
  3. Physiology of the Cardiovascular System   
  4. Lymphatic System     
  5. Immune System       
  6. Stress

UNIT FIVE - Respiration, Nutrition, and Excretion

  1. Anatomy of the Respiratory System   
  2. Physiology of the Respiratory System
  3. Anatomy of the Digestive System      
  4. Physiology of the Digestive System     
  5. Nutrition and Metabolism  
  6. The Urinary System 
  7. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 
  8. Acid-Base Balance

UNIT SIX - Reproduction and Development

  1. Male Reproductive System 
  2. Female Reproductive System 
  3. Growth and Development       
  4. Genetics and Heredity  
Special Feature!
Our A&P textbook has a unique chapter on STRESS (Ch. 22) that integrates concepts learned in other chapters. Medical scientists cite stress as a key element in understanding almost every disease . . . our students should be in the game!

Organizing each chapter

Each chapter is organized in way the promotes accessible reading and easy learning of difficult concepts.

Here are some of the features and approaches used in each chapter of the textbook . . .


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