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Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
Written for students studying the subject for the first time, it covers the human body from the atomic and cellular levels through to all the major systems and includes chapters on blood, immunity and homeostasis.
Logically presented, the chapters build on each other and are designed to develop the reader’s knowledge and understanding of the human body. By the end of each chapter, the reader will understand and be able to explain how the structures and systems described are organised and contribute to the maintenance of health. Describing how illness and disease undermine the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis, this text helps readers to predict and account for the consequences when this occurs. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
Complete with self-test questions, full colour illustrations and a comprehensive glossary, this book is an essential read for all nursing and healthcare students in both further and higher education.
This book is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive account of human anatomy and physiology. There are many weightier texts available that discuss this topic in more detail and at greater length. What this book does provide is an accessible introduction to how the body works for healthcare students and other ‘curious’ individuals. It can be read cover to cover or used on a chapter-to-chapter basis as a reference guide to the different systems of the body.Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
You may want to skip sections that are not relevant to your course or not appropriate to your level of study. However, I would encourage you to read it from beginning to end if possible for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is important to understand how the body is organised in terms of structural sophistication (i.e. from atom to organism). Just because something is small doesn’t mean it is unimportant: quite the opposite, in many cases. The expression ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’ could just as easily apply to the smallest functional unit of the body – the cell. Unfortunately, the phrase ‘ensure cellular health and the organ systems will continue to benefit from homeostatic regulation’ is not very catchy and may put some people off reading further. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
Nonetheless, it is useful to have some understanding of the microscopic anatomy of the body in order to appreciate how many of the larger structures work. It is no coincidence that the tiny structures contained within the cell are known as organelles (tiny organs) and many of the activities they undertake (e.g. metabolism, digestion and excretion) are comparable with similar processes undertaken by the larger organs and systems of the body. The two are, of course, intricately connected and, for this reason, it is important to understand how the different organs and organ systems rely upon one another. One of the difficulties when writing an anatomy and physiology book (at any level) is deciding the order in which to present the information, since everything is interconnected. For example, in order to understand the role of the heart you need to understand how oxygen is carried in the blood. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
However, in order to understand this, you need to know a little bit about the lungs and the respiratory system. At the same time, the heart and lungs both respond to chemical messengers (hormones) secreted by the endocrine system, as well as electrical signals (action potentials) generated by the nervous system! So which one first? Hopefully, as you progress through the book this ‘interconnectedness’ will become increasingly apparent. The final reason I would encourage you to read the entire book is that the chapters contain useful nuggets of information about washing-up liquid, the physiology of Star Wars (and other films), parasites and mind control, the difference between blackheads and whiteheads, how to get rid of skunk smell, which part of the brain is called the ‘tough mother’, poo-sausage research (really), blood type and personality in Japan, and other useful information. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Students PDF
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About the Author
David Sturgeon is Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.