Features and Benefits

Help students succeed by focusing on essential A&P concepts.

  • New!Study Tips plus figures, tables, or graphs questions have been added to each of the End-of-Chapter review sections.

  • What, How & Why chapter previews introduce key examples of anatomy and physiology concepts that will be covered in the chapter. This technique helps learners hone in on what they are studying, how it functions, and why it is important for them to learn.

  • Conversational writing style and straightforward explanations have been strengthened with familiar analogies and abundant mnemonic cues to help students learn, visualize, and remember concepts.

  • UPDATED! Exceptionally clear photos and illustrations, including dozens of new and improved figures, present concepts and processes at the right level of detail.

  • UPDATED! Critical Thinking & Clinical Application questions at the end of each chapter challenge students to apply what they’ve learned to clinical situations.

  • Concept Links reinforce previously learned concepts and help students make connections across body systems while learning new material.

  • Concise illustrated tables summarize complex information and serve as a “one-stop shopping” study tool for comparing and contrasting anatomical structures and physiological functions.

  • Systems in Sync figures for each body system summarize, illustrate, and explain the interrelationships between body systems.

  • A wide variety of self-assessment questions support active learning and help students prepare for quizzes and tests, such as:

  • Figure Questions accompany selected figures within the chapter and give students practice interpreting illustrations.

  • Did You Get It? Questions encourage students to check their understanding of concepts as they are reading and reviewing chapter material.

  • End-of-Chapter Review Questions give students practice answering the kinds of questions that may appear on a quiz or test.

  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Application questions challenge students to apply what they’ve learned to clinical situations and problem solving.

  • Call-outs for Mastering® A&P direct students to relevant study tools in the Study Area and refer instructors to the new, assignable Building Vocabulary Coaching Activities for each chapter.

Inspire and inform students as they prepare for future healthcare careers.

  • Homeostatic Imbalance discussions are clinical examples that revisit the text’s unique theme by describing how the loss of homeostasis leads to pathology or disease. Many of these discussions are illustrated with photos taken in real-world clinical settings.

  • Focus on Careers essays feature conversations with working professionals and explain the relevance of anatomy and physiology course topics across a wide range of allied health careers. Featured careers include Pharmacy Technician, Medical Transcriptionist, Radiologic Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, and more. Students can visit the Mastering A&P Study Area for more information about related careers options.

  • A Developmental Aspects section appears in each body system chapter and discusses how that particular body system develops and changes throughout the human lifespan, with an emphasis on problems that accompany the aging process.

  • A Closer Look Essays explore relevant and timely discoveries in medical research and clinical procedures. 

  • Critical Thinking & Clinical Application questions at the end of each chapter challenge students to apply what they’ve learned to clinical situations.

  • UPDATED content throughout the text keeps students and instructors up-to-date with current research, medical recommendations, and terminology for relevant topics such as trans fats and cholesterol, new treatments for cancer and Parkinson’s disease, advancements in medical imaging techniques, improved rates of survival following a stroke, and more.

Interactive learning tools include:

  • Book-specific Coaching Activities are assignable activities that bring interactivity to key physiological processes using art from the book.

  • New! Hide and reveal answer keys for all end-of-chapter review questions.

  • New! Interactive eText allows students to watch videos and animations at point of use.

  • A&P Flix™ movie-quality animations provide carefully developed, step-by-step explanations with dramatic 3-D representations of structures that show action and movement of processes to bring difficult-to-teach A&P concepts to life. Each animation includes practice quizzes.


The #1 high school A&P program!

A friendly, down-to-earth writing style that presents anatomy and physiology as a “story” that is easily understood and remembered. Highlighting clinical applications, this program prepares students for both college and careers.

This edition has been thoroughly updated with numbering of the main chapter sections and subsections for easier navigation, new end-of-chapter Summary outlines, and new art in some end-of-chapter questions. A Closer Look and Focus on Career features have been updated and now include The Essentials, a summary of the key points covered in the feature. Another new feature, Study Tips, and a survey of suggested resources available to students have been included in the front of the book.