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Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies Paperback – 6 May 2011
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From the Back Cover
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.
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About the Author
Maggie Norris is a freelance writer and editorial project manager for corporate clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. Donna Rae Siegfried is the coauthor of Biology For Dummies and has had articles published in Prevention and Men′s Health magazines.
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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.
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.
Good book, but not for the Kindle.
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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Very happy with my book, it isn't due to come until tomorrow but it arrived a day early (3 days ofter ordering it)
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