Each chapter opens with a Case Study. Each of these cases, all of them drawn from real patients, were selected to illustrate the most important concepts discussed in the chapter and serves as the thread that weaves anatomy and physiology together throughout the chapter.
Case notes follow sections of content. They are specifically critical thinking questions that help the student to apply the material they have just learned to the case.
Appears near the end of each chapter; applies the chapter concepts to the case in some detail; accompanied by a figure/algorithm that helps students visualize the interrelationships among various aspects of the case, such as the breakdown in normal functions, the effect of medical treatment given, etc.
--Need to Know:
List of topics in the chapter opener (chs 3-18) that the student needs to have mastered before delving into the new material to encourage the student to fully understand key topics before moving onto the next discussion.
Provide students with a quick overview of the most important principles that govern the forms and functions discussed.
These statements occur within the narrative and emphasize the most important ideas, help clarify concepts, or pull together related ideas to help students remember certain important facts.
Tests students on topics covered within each main section. Students can check themselves to determine whether they have fully understood prior material, before going on to new material. NOT the same as Case Notes. Case notes only relate to the case and how the material in the section applies to that case.
--Word Parts Table
Found at the end of each chapter identifies prefixes, suffixes, and word roots relevant to the chapter content to help assist students in their understanding of A&P terminology.
Helps students check their chapter comprehension and will help prepare them for exams; variety of question types.
These "sidebar" boxes present intriguing information that complements the topics in the chapter:
- — History of Science: Describe discoveries, social issues, or personalities important in the history of anatomy and physiology. For example, a History of Science box in Chapter 1 discusses how medical students of earlier eras sometimes resorted to grave-robbing to obtain cadavers to study.
- — Basic Form Basic Function: Explore intriguing aspects of human form or human function. For example, a Fundamentals of Form and Function box in Chapter 8 explores the question of whether or not we really have a right brain and a left brain.
- — Clinical Snapshot: Explore a disease, injury, method of diagnosis, or medical treatment related to the chapter topic. For example, a Clinical Snapshot box in Chapter 2 (chemistry) discusses medical uses of radioactivity.