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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.; 3rd International student edition edition (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071214232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071214230
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 3.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A uniquely engaging textbook of human anatomy & physiology.
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY: THE UNITY OF FORM AND FUNCTION is a college textbook written primarily for nursing and allied health majors. Unlike others in this field, it takes a more humanistic approach to the subject by including poignant biographical and historical vignettes that bring life to the science. While other anatomy and physiology texts pay little regard to the evolutionary origins of human form and function, this book includes evolutionary interpretations of topics ranging from bipedalism to the sweet tooth, from hypertension to menopause. Illustrated by a team of medical illustrators at the Observatory Group of Cincinnati, this book sets a new standard for medical illustration at the undergraduate level. Even in its first three weeks on the market, this book had several colleges and universities dropping other leading textbooks in midcourse and ordering this in their place. Check it out for yourself and see why. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kenneth S. Saladin is a full professor at Georgia College and State University. He obtained his B.S. degree in Zoology from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for over twenty years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By monkeytennis88 on 1 April 2008
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The things i like best about this book are that it is clearly written and laid out and therefore a lot easier to keep from getting quickly confused. It also has great pictures and diagrams to help you relate to what you are studying. It's possibly not comprehensive on all aspects of anatomy and physiology but nevertheless a really good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 1999
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This text is a must for anyone planning to pursue a career in medicine or the allied health sciences. Clearly written, with the best illustrations I have seen anywhere. Med schools should have their students read this book in place of the many turgid and incomprehensible basic science texts.
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By Mary on 9 April 2012
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Great textbook. Very good detail with good diagrams and graphical reference.
Quite a weighty one so would probably be more suitable for use in referencing, studying and revision rather than general reading around the topic.
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By Natalie Meli on 11 Nov 2014
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Professor's perspective 13 April 2001
By Richard D. McCabe, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Saladin is a pretty good anatomy and physiology text but it contains a number of errors in fact in some areas (e.g., renal), is not well balanced in some areas (e.g., cardiovascular and gastrointestinal) and the pictures are often incorrect (e.g., illustrating epithelial cells as a cube). As a physiologist it appears to me that the physiology is weaker than the anatomy. Many A&P texts contain the same errors, which suggests that these works are not entirely original. I've concluded that I need separate anatomy and physiology texts for my A&P course so that the students will have the benefit of true expertise in each subject area.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Well Written...Easy to Follow...Superb Textbook 28 Feb 2008
By S. J. Mattox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am in college, currently taking my 2nd term of Anatomy and Physiology as a pre-requisite for nursing school. This textbook has been fundamental to my understanding of this course, both for this term and last term (and I plan to use it next term, as well).

The clincher is that this is not the required text we are using for my class. A friend just happened to give me this Saladin book when she heard I was taking A&P and so I am using it as a companion text. Little did I know how much I would come to rely on this book; I really feel lucky that it was given to me.

The text my school uses is Martini's Fundamentals of Anatomy Physiology, which, to be fair, is also a very good text book. But there is something about the way Saladin writes and the way he organizes his thoughts about the subject matter that makes it so much easier for me to understand.Often, I will read my required textbook and be totally lost, not "getting it." This is especially true when I am researching information to answer essay questions for my exams. Then, I will read the same topic in Saladin's book and a light bulb will go off -- it will finally all make sense. I've even thought about writing a personal letter to the author to express my gratitude.

I highly recommend this textbook to anyone who wants a clear and easy to understand approach to anatomy & physiology. I feel Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, by Kenneth S. Saladin, has been essential to my comprehension of anatomy & physiology; I'm not exaggerating when I say that being able to count on this book has helped me to keep making A's in this class!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Be Careful With This Edition 17 July 2005
By G. Bohm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first half of the text is excellent; graphics and reader-friendly verbiage are well done. Though I am obligated to say Saladin's treatment of the autonomic system needs extensive supplementation if your future academic program includes a course in Pharamacology.

The second half (roughly equating to second semester) is a disaster. I hope the next edition makes the significant repairs needed, especially with endocrine physiology.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent intro to the human body 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text is a must for anyone planning to pursue a career in medicine or the allied health sciences. Clearly written, with the best illustrations I have seen anywhere. Med schools should have their students read this book in place of the many turgid and incomprehensible basic science texts.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A+++++ 6 Jun 2006
By J. N. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am beginning medical sch in the fall and needed a solid summer review book. This text is great. The first ~5 chapters are mostly review concerning organization of the body and various physiologic functions that covers most of the highlights from undergrad. The next section is a great introduction to histology, followed by the body systems, pointing out all bones, joints, muscles, blood vessels, etc. that will be covered again in Gross Anatomy, all while presenting a coherent and easy-to-read accompanying text. In addition the illustrations are WONDERFUL. No sacrifice of details ocurred here.

One of the major contributions of this text is the online study materials. Saladin has provided a plethora of study guides, review questions and exams, all with answers, relevant weblinks (the LUMEN histology slides and practicals are a must), crossword puzzles, and perhaps most helpful, labeling exercises, to help get a firm grasp of the material. Gross is a hard hard hard class, and unless some review is done prior, it's almost impossible to learn and retain all of the material required. This is an excellent summer review tool!
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