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Donna Rae Siegfried
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2 July 2002 For dummies
Some people think that knowing about what goes on inside the human body can sap life of its mystery. Which is too bad for them, because anybody who’s ever taken a peak under the hood knows that the human body, and all its various structures and functions, is a realm of awe–inspiring complexity and countless wonders. The dizzying dance of molecule, cell, tissue, organ, muscle, sinew, and bone that we call life can be a thing of breathtaking beauty and humbling perfection. No one should be denied access to this spectacle because they don’t come from a scientific background. And now, thanks to Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies , no one needs to be. Whether you’re an aspiring health–care or fitness professional or just somebody who’s curious about the human body and how it works, this book offers you a fun, easy way get a handle on the basics of anatomy and physiology.  In no time you’ll: Understand the meanings of terms in anatomy and physiology Get to know the body’s anatomical structures—from head to toe Explore the body’s systems and how they interact to keep us alive Gain insights into how the structures and systems function in sickness and health Understand the human reproductive system and how it creates new life Written in plain English and illustrated with dozens of beautiful illustrations, Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies covers everything from atoms to cells to organs, including: Anatomic position and the divisions of the body Increasingly magnified aspects of the body, from atoms to organs to systems The anatomy and pathophysiology of the skeleton, muscles and skin The anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology of the nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory, digestive, urinary and immune systems The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the reproductive system Keeping the body healthy through good nutrition Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your body from the inside out. Let Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies be your guide on a fantastic voyage through a world of countless wonders.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (2 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554223
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 19.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bone up on anatomical terms, features, and functions Get a handle on body basics with concise explanations and plenty of illustrations Whether you′re an aspiring health–care or fitness professional or you′re dealing with serious illness, having a basic knowledge of the human body is a must. Covering everything from cells and tissues to organs and the various systems, this friendly guide clearly explains what the various parts of the human body are and how they work together to keep us alive. The Dummies Way ∗ Explanations in plain English ∗ "Get in, get out" information ∗ Icons and other navigational aids ∗ Tear–out cheat sheet ∗ Top ten lists ∗ A dash of humor and fun Get smart! ∗ Find listings of all our books ∗ Create your own personalized book with Hungry Minds a la Carte(TM) ∗ Sign up for daily eTips at

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Donna Rae Siegfried has written about pharmaceutical and medical topics for fifteen years. Her work has appeared in Prevention and Men′s Health.

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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that's really easy to understand. 22 Oct 2004
This is a great book which I highly recommend. It explains everything in very simple terms making it easy to get your head round. I am a nursing student and used it to help me through my anatomy and physiology exam. It was fantastic for helping me to lay the foundations needed to get to grips with some of the more complicated aspects of a&p. That said it was not as detailed as I would have needed to completely get me through the exam. I found it worked well as a book to read before looking at the more detailed and technical text books which are a lot more daunting.
It uses lots of every day examples to make things easier to understand and remember. For example it likens the negative and positive feedback systems within the body to a thermostat like you might have in your home which will only make changes if the environmental temperature changes.
Makes anatomy & physiology very accessible.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for Anatomy 7 Sep 2011
Before embarking on a Physiotherapy degree next year, I was starting from scratch learning Anatomy, given the last time I did Biology was 1st year of O levels in 1986. This book is good at explaining the major systems of the body, step by step. However, if like me, you are starting with a very limited knowledge, I don't think this book is any substitute for attending a class.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't the body great? 21 Dec 2006
This book is really good at getting someone from basic biology to understanding how the body works. The book flows through from cells to organs and then onto how the organs work together, just so that you can still be alive to read this review!

It does try to make light of things, with jokes here and there (you may even giggle at some of them too) and also lots of examples to help things sink-in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy for dummies 27 Dec 2011
It is brilliant, really helps me with my course work, and helps me to understand, as some text books are full of jargon, this is put in to simple terms, delivery was also very speedy. thank you.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but with some minor annoyances 29 Oct 2008
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This is a very interesting book, and certainly succeeds in providing a good introduction to the wonders of the human body.

The previous reviewers on here seemed to love this book, and while I found it a good read, I would like to mention a few minor annoyances that prevented it from earning a top rating from me.

Firstly: anatomy books need to have a lot of pictures or diagrams. While this book does have some, I felt that there weren't nearly enough. More often that not, the uninitiated reader is given a text description, and left to draw a picture in their head (or look it up somewhere else).

Secondly, the book has far, far too many cross references, in the form of text in brackets referring the reader to an earlier/later chapter/section/paragraph. Though the author states at the start that the book is designed to be read in any order, this overuse of references really breaks up the flow - and is, in any case, not necessary, as there is perfectly good table of contents at the front, and an index at the back!

Thirdly, terms are sometimes used before they're defined, which can be a little confusing.

Finally, the author tries to lighten the mood by use of puns and jokes. I'm sure that lots of readers will enjoy her sense of humour. I, regrettably, found it quite annoying.

So to summarise: a comprehensive beginners' guide to the human body, let down by some minor annoyances.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not for the Kindle 7 Oct 2010
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This book really is not suitable for the Kindle. The imges are too small, the layout isn't great and reading this on the Kindle is not an experience I'd wish to repeat.
Good book, but not for the Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great book! 5 Sep 2010
I bought the book as part of a long list of pre-reading for a Masters in Occupational Therapy. I thought it would be good to get something to start off with that wasn't to science technical - something that could give me the basics allowing me to move on to more complicated material at a later stage. I have to say I didn't really rate the book - I actually found it quite infuriating. I thought the layout of the book was quite confusing - diagrams which weren't properly referenced in the text so you didn't know which one you were supposed to look at! Explanations were often large chunks of texts when a bullet point layout would have been much clearer. The constant referring you to other part of the book to explain things was also annoying along with the poor diagrams. All in all I wouldn't recommend it but instead would buy Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Tortora which (although expensive) is just so much better!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 April 2007
As with all Dummies books, this one is excellent. Covers all areas of Anatomy and Physiology from A'Level and through to at least 2nd Year Degree level. Physiological Systems and Anatomy are explained in a humorous way with many well thought out analigies to really give you a understanding of complex subjects. once again if you are doing A'Level or starting a degree in any human based science then this is a must have. Superb
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I'm in my first year as a student nurse. Book is good to get the basics. Have recommended to friends who have also bought it.
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