Mader’s Understanding Human Anatomy & Physiology 9th Edition PDF
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Welcome to the ninth edition of Mader’s Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology! It is a joy and a privilege to work on this project, which is so fulfilling to me as a scientist, educator, and creative artist. I am honored to continue the vision of the book’s original author, Dr. Sylvia Mader, who introduced the book almost two decades ago. We believe that a book designed to introduce the fascinating workings of the human body should be creative, informative, accurate, and most important, relevant to today’s students. This book is tailored to appeal to a wide audience, from students in pre-nursing and allied health fields, to non-science majors who want a clear and concise explanation of how their bodies work. As soon as the student opens the book for the very first time, I want to capture that student’s interest. Then, I want to keep the reader’s attention as he or she learns something new about how we humans work.
Mader’s Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology continues to be the perfect text for a one-semester course. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction, designed to seize attention and stimulate curiosity, while drawing the reader in for a more detailed exploration. For example, the introduction for Chapter 6 on the skeletal system answers an age-old and commonly asked question: Does repeatedly cracking one’s knuckles result in arthritis? And who among us has not experienced a “brain-freeze” headache when eating very cold foods too rapidly? The introduction for Chapter 7 on the nervous system explains why it occurs. Historical anecdotes will also intrigue the reader. The brief story of Henrietta Lacks that begins Chapter 4 is a fascinating account of how one woman’s cancer cells continue to benefit humanity. The profile of retired astronaut and Senator John Glenn in Chapter 12 gives a fascinating insight to the very beginning of America’s space program, and some of the medical issues that arose when humans were put into space for the first time.
Next, each chapter’s Learning Outcomes are carefully constructed to be achievable to students with no prior training in anatomy and physiology. These Learning Outcomes are repeated as each new section begins, so that the reader never loses sight of what he or she is expected to learn. At the conclusion of each topic, the Content Check-Up feature allows the reader to test comprehension before continuing. Students who use the wonderful McGraw-Hill Connect® software with this text will be able to use this text’s Learning Outcomes to check their progress. McGraw-Hill Learn-Smart® is the most widely used and intelligent adaptive learning resource that is proven to strengthen memory recall, improve course retention, and boost grades.
Throughout the text, the Begin Thinking Clinically feature asks a student to do exactly that: start thinking as though he or she was already working in a clinic or hospital setting. Each question fosters critical thinking skills by requiring the student to conduct further investigation into the chapter’s subject matter. A great deal of thought and attention have gone into the conclusion of each chapter.
First, the Learning Outcomes are briefly summarized, and Key Terms and Clinical Key Terms are included, along with a pronunciation guide. Study Questions can be used as a checklist to ensure that important concepts are well understood. Each asks the student to craft a short essay. Learning Outcome Questions allow the student to “take the test” because they replicate the types of short answer questions often used in the classroom (matching, true-false, multiple choice, and the like). Finally, a Medical Terminology Exercise that concludes the chapter helps to build a working vocabulary, thus facilitating comprehension and increasing student confidence.
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