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Reviews for Human Anatomy & Physiology:

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Jun 05, 2018

Look. If I had to spend a couple hundred dollars on this book AND it's going to dominate my life for the next few months... it's sure as hell going to count for my reading challenge
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April 6, 2011

Decent explanations, but shallow content
I have found myself consistently emailing my professor with questions because Marieb skips out on detail. I have also been consulting my gray's anatomy textbook because this textbook lacks the structures I need to study in lab. At times the author will list components, and either summarize them with a single sentence, or just list them with no elaboration.

-For instance, when discussing cells found in connective tissue the book says "masts cells and macrophages are so important to overall body defense that they deserve brief mention here" and lists three chemicals found in mast cells, with a single sentence describing each chemical. If mast cells are so important, why not follow this up with a brief explanation of *how these three chemicals work together*? What is most incredible that this section of text is IDENTICAL to the FOURTH EDITION with NO FURTHER ELABORATION! Why jump through four new editions without revising the book to offer better content?
-Another fine example of lack of elaboration is found in the section describing the ultrastructure and molecular composition of myofilaments. I quote, "Other proteins that act to bind filaments or sarcomeres together and maintain their alignment include nebulin, myomesin, and C proteins." The text then cuts to a section titled "Sarcoplasmic Reticulum and T-Tubules" and fails to provide any other information surrounding these compounds.

I think the Tortora A&P textbook does a better job of presenting a complete picture of the human body that is appropriate for the undergrad level, giving more detailed explanations, as well as providing more examples of homeostasis vs dysfunction. It presents many more clinically relevant facts to bring about further insight and interest within the reader. The images are equal if not superior to Marieb's. I will be selling my copy of Marieb's and sticking with Tortora for the second semester of A&P. I don't have the time or money to waste jumping from book to book. A well written text like Tortora does not assume "They'll learn that in X class."
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Dec 03, 2012

I READ THIS BOOK!!!

While A&P is interesting to a point, I did NOT enjoy this class or this book.

However, since I did read Every. Single. Word. in this book, and spent the last eight months of my life as if this were my bible, I am OWNING it! I read this book, and am currently in finals week, going into finals with a solid A, thank you very much!!!

I can't really write a conclusive review on how good the text is, but I feel like my brain is exploding with knowledge right now. My study buddy I READ THIS BOOK!!!

While A&P is interesting to a point, I did NOT enjoy this class or this book.

However, since I did read Every. Single. Word. in this book, and spent the last eight months of my life as if this were my bible, I am OWNING it! I read this book, and am currently in finals week, going into finals with a solid A, thank you very much!!!

I can't really write a conclusive review on how good the text is, but I feel like my brain is exploding with knowledge right now. My study buddy and I would look at each other and laugh at the words coming out of each other's mouths. Like, who really cares at what stage of meiosis the primary oocyte becomes a secondary oocyte and how many chromosomes are in each stage? Apparently I'm supposed to, so I'll pretend! Can't say it was fun...it's the hardest class I've ever taken. But I sure did learn a couple of new things ;)

Now, if only textbooks didn't cost this ridiculous amount of money! ...more
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May 11, 2010

Textbook, you cost far too much money. I mean, really? I work in publishing, and I know how it's all a rip-off, but come on. That much? That's ridiculous. Sure you have pretty pictures of clavicles and great diagrams of the Action Potential that helped me understand, but I just know that money is not going to the artists or authors or lowly editorial assistants. So give them more money or make the book cheaper.

Textbook, you are too heavy. It hurt to have you in my bag with one other heavy thing Textbook, you cost far too much money. I mean, really? I work in publishing, and I know how it's all a rip-off, but come on. That much? That's ridiculous. Sure you have pretty pictures of clavicles and great diagrams of the Action Potential that helped me understand, but I just know that money is not going to the artists or authors or lowly editorial assistants. So give them more money or make the book cheaper.

Textbook, you are too heavy. It hurt to have you in my bag with one other heavy thing or a multitude of light things. Please be less heavy? And I don't want to read you on an a iExpensiveReader thing. I like books, but I like it when they're not so heavy. I don't really know what you can do about that, but maybe you can pay for me to get a massage now, because my back hurts.

That said, textbook, you were good to me. You got me through A&P, and sometimes you even made me smile a little with your subtle wit. I'm going to keep you around, textbook, and maybe some day when we're old and gray we can laugh about how once upon a time you said there was no cure for cancer. At least I hope so.
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Sep 08, 2009

Well, this book got me through two semesters of A&P. Now, on to Microbiology. I will be keeping this book. It served as a great reference for learning the body systems.
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Jun 20, 2019

This hefty door-stopper has been my weekly companion for the past two semester at a local college. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided to change careers mid-life, but the thought of getting into allied health was/is appealing, so I'll be sticking with it for the next 2-3 years.

Human Anatomy & Physiology is a book that easily overwhelms. Lectures aside, most of the actual studying was done in a self-study settings, using this book as much as necessary, which is to say about This hefty door-stopper has been my weekly companion for the past two semester at a local college. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided to change careers mid-life, but the thought of getting into allied health was/is appealing, so I'll be sticking with it for the next 2-3 years.

Human Anatomy & Physiology is a book that easily overwhelms. Lectures aside, most of the actual studying was done in a self-study settings, using this book as much as necessary, which is to say about twenty hours each week.

From the start, I knew that I was about to learn some amazing things about the human body, and this book did deliver on that front. It starts relatively easy, on a cellular level, then progresses along the anatomy path from the integumentary system through bones, muscles, and nerves all the way to physiology. That's where the real fun begins. Well, not fun, exactly.

While this book likely only scratches the surface of the human physiology, it is full of fascinating stuff. The way our bodies work, the way the various systems support one another, and the chemical messengers involved are just ridiculously complex and simple at the same time. I will not bore anyone here with scientific explanations, but it is amazing stuff. The only downside to learning this much, is knowing this much in daily life - for example, last time I had the stomach bug, I kept interpreting what my body was doing, how it was compensating, et cetera. After spending nine months with a book at twenty hours a week, it becomes somewhat of a second nature.

For students, I must say this book is well organized, with clear text and great illustrations/photos. Since anyone is healthcare is pretty much required to take A&P, I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people reading this very edition. I would recommend that you do your homework, read the chapters, and take the free quizzes available on the publisher's website. Those help with preparations for exams. And there are exams aplenty.

Basic knowledge of Greek and Latin helps greatly with the material, because most names are either Greek or Latin based. If you know what things mean, it will make more sense that memorization alone. Memorization will get you though Anatomy, but actual understanding is necessary for Physiology.

One last note - if you can, take the class at a smaller, community college. I'm glad I did. We had a class of about twenty, and it allowed for interactive lectures, and awesome lab experiments/case studies. The people I know who took A&P at large universities and colleges (and some well known schools at that) have not covered 50% of what we got to do at a community college. ...more
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January 20, 2017

Save and Buy
The great thing about Anatomy is that very little changes from each version of the textbook. I read other editions and the difference is entirely on the chapters length and order. You have to stay interested to understand the information. You might have to read some chapters over again to make sure you got it down right. The wording sometimes threw me off because I'm not used to talking like they do about the cellular levels. The chemistry chapter is my least favorite. Nevertheless, I recommend this to everyone instead of being the new book. Save yourself some money!
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September 25, 2015

Great book!
Used this book in A&P 1 and 2 l. Now I reference back to it while I'm taking a cadaver lab this semester. I had other medical books, but this was always the one that game me more details and easier to understand. No its not going to be a medical atlas with in depth details youll see in post health care professional schools, but for undergraduate it gets the job done. I have no issues and I even talked other students into getting it because it helps with our labs and lectures.
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September 6, 2011

No good
This book gave me nothing but problems. I bought it for my A & P class and my teacher required us to use the access code that is suppose to come with the new book. Well after recieving 3 books from amazon and none of them having the access code i told them that i wasnt going to be purchasing from them anymore and that they should be reimbursing me for the one that i kept because it already had my notes in it. But the most they did was put in a note to the manufacturer that they were not recieving the code with the books. It was a waste of my time and i am now rushing to finish my homework for my class!! Oh yea and having to cough up more dough for the code!!!!
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June 1, 2011

very poor waiting time.
It's two weeks now and i'm yet to receive the book i ordered. hope it gets here b4 summer classes end. This is really bad.
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Dec 03, 2012

Wow! What an intense and overwhelming class. There is just so much information to know. I'm happy to say I am in FINALS WEEK, and can kiss this class goodbye.

......only until next semester when I will then take AP2 :(


UPDATE: I got an A in AP2!!!!!!
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Jun 22, 2009

School books count, right??? This is a dense one, but necessary for nursing school. Anyone know of any good nursing books (fiction or non) that are entertaining?? Do let me know!
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Feb 27, 2013

No doubt I'll be reading this over and over for the rest of the semester. And yes it does still count as a book!!
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Sep 02, 2011

Useful text, got an A. Previous edition was better. Screw you and your unnecessary "updates" to overcharge broke med students - and then remove information!
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May 08, 2017

Took my last undergraduate anatomy final on Friday and couldn't have been more satisfied. This book is detailed when it needs to be and illustrated in a way that makes it more understanding and memorable. One of the best classes and heaviest book I've truly learned a lot from.
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July 19, 2014

If you're looking to use this in place of the current edition...
If you're looking to use this in place of the current edition in order to save $$$: Yes, I have been able to use this edition to work around paying the $150-200 for the current book (the current edition still runs 75-100 in "acceptable" condition on Ebay). BUT, it is confusing sometimes. Prepare to be lost on occassion and have to work a little extra to keep up w/ the class. Also, there are some minor chages that I see coming up on the ocassional test question. Nothing much but there is a minor question or two that I don't know simply because it wasn't in this edition. Mind you, nothing much. I still have a high A in the class.

So- If you have the $$ to burn maybe you should pick a used (or even new??) copy of the next edition. But if you're going to school on your own dime, or want to saver your parents a good bit of $$, or you don't want to make your school loans a good bit bigger than they have to be: Join those of us that almost ALWAYS buy the older edition for most all classes that still require a hard book. JSUK, we're the ones that look a little confused in class sometimes...

& Just as an fyi, the money I saved on just 2-3 of my books (medical term & this AP class-both this book & the lab manual) more than paid for my entire medical reference library. Taber's, Melloni's, Stedman's, Netters flash cards (4th edition), Netter's Atlas 6e, just to mention a few.

*Rating* the book it self is probably a 5 star. I honestly never think of text books that way. The school or prof picks them out for whatever reason & you're stuck with them. This one is pretty good as textbooks go. The only reason I took off 1 star is because its an outdated edition for most classes so you have to work harder sometimes to get the same info. If for some reason your instructor is still using this edition for your class, consider this a 5 star rating.
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June 5, 2014

Recieved the book more than one week after order placed.
I placed the order on Wednesday and received the book on the following Thursday. I was expecting the book to arrive a little earlier.

The book's description was "Very Good".

"*Used - Very Good: Pages and dust cover are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged."--- This is how amazon defines the condition for the used book.

The book does not have highlights and marks. However, the color atlas in the front part of the book were COMPLETELY GONE, only left some tearing edges there.

I am not so happy with the purchase, will not buy books from this seller again.
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February 17, 2019

Excellent Textbook
Love this textbook! This is a textbook that is more of an investment than merely a required purchase. Save this for years to come and reference later when you cant find the answer you need on Google. Highly recommend!
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November 11, 2010

Human Anatomy & Physiology with MasteringA&P (8th Edition) (Alternative eText Formats)
I purchased this book for my A & P II course. This book explains certain subjects so clearly and other areas it lacks. I find myself going between this book and my lab book and vice versa. It gets annoying some times because if your planning to major in the Healthcare field you want a book that explains clearly, precisely, and to the point but in certain chapters this textbook falls short. Some chapters I found myself getting nervous because the information was so much and I couldn't wait till that section was over. Other chapters were a delight to read.

Sidenote: I had no choice as this was a required textbook. I believe there is a newer version, maybe that one will be more informative.
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September 3, 2012

Thick
This is a really big, think book. It will scare the crap out of you. I needed to reread the chapters over and over again to fully understand the material. It's tough. I managed to pass with an A in the class, but it's hard. You really need to spend quality time with this book like a one on one day. Now, I need to take the second part of the class. Yes, 4 credits for half of the first part of the book and another 4 credits for the second half of the book. That's how big it is @_@

Plus, you need to pay extra $30 or so to activate the online course material unless the book is new (sealed).
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February 9, 2015

Great Book, Different from Next Edition
I agree with everyone who says this is a great resource, but I just wanted to make a quick comment about differences between this and the next edition (or 9th, which is now available). I'm only 6 chapters in, and there have been several differences between my book and my lab partner's. New pictures, some differences in labeling on diagrams, and page numbering discrepancies that I would guess are caused by edited information. I know I missed at least one test question because of these differences. However... I'd still buy it again. Just know it is different, but to me, not different ENOUGH.
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September 14, 2016

Older edition yet still useful
Useful book. I needed it for A&P and although some of the pages were out of sync with the newer editions, it had the same exact information. My professor and classmates liked this book better than the newer editions because it provided concise information that was understandable and illustrations that related to the body/disease processes.
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June 17, 2014

The best Anatomy & Physiology book I've Had!
I've been in school for a while now. I've attended community colleges, universities and state colleges...and I've taken a fair share of Biology courses. Over the years I've noticed that other books may have great pictures or text but never both. This book has both, and its WONDERFUL! I have yet to see the newer editions of this text, but let me tell you all that this is the best comprehensive textbook for physio and anatomy. The text is simple to understand, and the pictures are well placed for ultimate A's in your class guys! Seriously, get this book, it's amazing for learning :D Good luck!
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August 29, 2014

One Star
HE/SHE DOES NOT REPLY TO EMAILS. MY CLASS HAS BEGUN AND I AM WITH OUT THE BOOK!
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July 10, 2014

One Star
told i would have access code .did not will fail class must do over and buy new book.

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