This book has evolved through extensive research on the needs and likes of A&P students and instructors. In developing its three editions so far, we have collected evaluative questionnaires from reviewers; commissioned detailed reviews from instructors using this book and those using competing books; held focus groups from coast to coast in the United States, in which instructors and students studied the book in advance, then met with us to discuss it in depth for several hours, including how it compared to other leading A&P textbooks; and created panels of A&P instructors to thoroughly analyze the entire book and its art program. These efforts have involved many hundreds of faculty and students and generated thousands of pages of reviews, all of which I have read carefully in developing my revision plans. In a less formal
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