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Anatomy and Physiology (Laboratory Manual)

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Title: Anatomy and Physiology (Laboratory Manual), eigth edition

Author: Patton Thibodeau

Publisher: Mosby Elsevier, 2013

Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This is a working textbook, which enables its reader to enhance their anatomical and physiological skills. Its methodology incorporates structure, function and control. Although this is a laboratory book, it can be used in non-laboratory settings too thereby broadening its usability.

It is readable with clear goals set for learning. As the learning develops for human anatomy there is inclusion of animal anatomy and physiology with graphics included of some animal dissections. Having a ring binder style, binding makes for easier page turning and durability of the book. 

Patton’s book contains 55 exercises, which range from simple labelling and colouring exercises through to more complex dissections for those with laboratory exercise. In conjunction with this there is also, from point of registering, a 12 month access to on-line learning through student ELabs  that can be used with Tutors who have registered a course on line or as an independent learning student.

I enjoyed the penultimate section of this book. It focuses on reduced mobility and the need to prevent pressure ulcers since this is a current area being addressed in acute and non-acute care settings in correlation with national guidelines, which are translated into local policies for practice.


What were the highlights? 

As a ward-based nurse I found this book good for revision of anatomy and physiology. The highlights were its usability outside of a lab setting specifically its focus on internal and surface anatomy.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The strength of this book is that it is focused on laboratory based learning and this is clearly indicated on the cover page. Even though it is an American publication it is written in clear English so there is no concern regarding language and terminology. Much thought has gone into its structure and layout making it easy to follow and aids a logical learning process with numerous full colour illustrations. The strength of the on-line material is that it enables further learning on development of diseases.

Who should read it?

This book should be read by students of medicine who are primarily laboratory based. It should also be considered by members of the health care professions who wish to revise or enhance their working knowledge of anatomical structures, scientific methods of analysis and relevant terminology.

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