This book is meant especially for students who plan to pursue such careers as nursing, therapy, health education, medicine, and other health professions. It is designed for a two-semester combined anatomy and physiology course and assumes that the reader has taken no prior college chemistry or biology courses. I also bear in mind that many A&P students return to college after interruptions to raise families or pursue other careers. For returning students and those without college prerequisites, the early chapters will serve as a refresher on the necessary points of chemistry and cell biology.
Many A&P students also are still developing the intellectual skills and study habits necessary for success in a health science curriculum. There are many, too, for whom English was not their original language. Therefore, I endeavor to write in a style that is clear, concise, and enjoyable to read, and to enliven the facts of science with analogies, clinical remarks, historical notes, biographical vignettes, and other seasoning that will make the book enjoyable to students and instructors alike. Each chapter is built around pedagogic strategies that will make the subject attainable for a wide range of students and instill the study and thinking habits conducive to success in more advanced courses.
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.