Most instructors would probably agree on the need to emphasize the interrelationships among organ systems and to discourage the idea that a system can be put out of one's mind after a test is over. This book reinforces the interdependence of the organ systems in three ways.
- Beginning with chapter 3 (p. 93), each chapter has a "Brushing Up" box that lists concepts from earlier chapters that one should understand before moving on. This may also be useful to students who are returning to college and need to freshen up concepts studied years before, and to instructors who teach the systems in a different order than the book does. It also reinforces the continuity between A&P I and II.
- For each organ system, there is a "Connective Issues" feature (p. 212, for example) that summarizes ways in which that system influences all of the others of the body, and how it is influenced by them in turn.
- Chapter 29 includes a section, "Senescence of the Organ Systems," which can serve as a "capstone lesson" that compellingly shows how the age-related degeneration of each system influences, and is influenced by, the others. Senescence is an increasingly important topic for health-care providers as the population increases in average age. This section should sensitize readers not only to the issues of gerontology, but also to measures they can take at a young age to ensure a better quality of life later on. For instructors who prefer to treat senescence of each organ system separately throughout the course, earlier chapters cite the relevant pages of this senescence discussion.
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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.
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