Understanding Anatomy & Physiology, 3E

A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach

3rd Edition

How do you learn A&P best?

Whatever your learning style…by reading, listening, or doing, or a little bit of each…the 3rd Edition of this new approach to anatomy & physiology is designed just for you.

Tackle a tough subject in bite-sized pieces. A seemingly huge volume of information is organized into manageable sections to make complex concepts easy to understand and remember. You begin with an overview of the body, including its chemical and cellular structures, then progress to one-of-a-kind portrayals of each body system, grouped by function. Full-color illustrations, figures, sidebars, helpful hints, and easy-to-read descriptions make information crystal clear. Each unique page spread provides an entire unit of understanding, breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-grasp sections for today’s learner.

Key Features
  • “Fast Facts” in each chapter contain interesting tips related to the system.
  • “The Body at Work” addresses physiology of the system under discussion.
  • “Life Lessons” apply A&P information to real-life situations.
  • “Own the Information” exercises ask students to identify the most important points in each chapter and compare them to the learning objectives.
New to This Edition
  • Updated and expanded! "The Microbiome," information about the new developments and the role of the microbiome in overall health. Gain a more comprehensive understanding how all the organ systems, including the microbiome, work together and influence one another.
  • New art and figures throughout enrich the illustration-centric presentation.
Table of Contents

Part I Foundation of the Body

Chapter 1 Orientation to the Human Body

Chapter 2 Chemistry of Life

Chapter 3 Cells

Chapter 4 Human Microbiome


Part II Covering, Support, and Movement of the Body

Chapter 5 Tissues

Chapter 6 Integumentary System

Chapter 7 Bones & Bone Tissue

Chapter 8 Skeletal System

Chapter 9 Joints

Chapter 10 Muscular System


Part III Regulation and Integration of the Body

Chapter 11 Nervous System

Chapter 12 Sense Organs

Chapter 13 Endocrine System


Part IV Maintenance of the Body

Chapter 14 Blood

Chapter 15 Heart

Chapter 16 Vascular System

Chapter 17 Lymphatic & Immune Systems

Chapter 18 Respiratory System

Chapter 19 Urinary System

Chapter 20 Fluid, Electrolyte, & Acid-Base Balance

Chapter 21 Digestive System

Chapter 22 Nutrition & Metabolism


Part V Continuity

Chapter 23 Reproductive Systems

Chapter 24 Pregnancy & Human Development

Chapter 25 Heredity


Appendix Answers to Test Your Knowledge Questions

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Grade: 9-12

Understanding Anatomy & Physiology Textbook (Softcover) (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-8036-7645-9
Author: Gale Sloan Thompson
© 2020
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 576
Binding: Softcover

Understanding Anatomy & Physiology Student Workbook (Consumable) (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-8036-7646-6
Author: Gale Sloan Thompson
© 2020
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 336
Print Color: Full Color
Binding: Softcover

Understanding Anatomy & Physiology Textbook (eBook) (Digital)
Author: Gale Sloan Thompson
© 2020
Page Count: 576
Print Color: Full Color

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