Visual Anatomy & Physiology - 3rd Global Edition

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Using Art Effectively with the Most Visual Approach to A&P

Visual Anatomy & Physiology combines a one-of-a-kind visual approach with a modular organisation that uniquely meets the needs of today's students - without sacrificing the comprehensive coverage of A&P topics required for careers in nursing and other allied health professions.

The 3rd Edition presents key new features based on recent research about how students use and digest visual information. New modules in the first chapteremphasise how to use art effectively when studying; new Integrated Figure Questions increases the likelihood that students will spend time viewing the art and prompts them to consider what they have just learned; and new SmartArt Videos, accessible via QR code in the book, help students navigate key, complex pieces of art on some of the toughest topics.


  • Integrated Figure Questions encourage students to answer thought-provoking questions as part of viewing the figure and increases the likelihood that students will spend time viewing the art.
  • The Visual Approach breaks out of the narrative-first model of other two-semester A&P books. Instead of long columns of text that refer to visuals, this book integrates visuals with the text. Students can't read without seeing the corresponding visual, and they can't look at a visual without reading. This book has true text-art integration, which encourages reading and enhances understanding.
  • The Modular Organisation presents each chapter in self-contained, two-page spreads. The top left page begins with the module number and module title, the bottom right page ends with the learning outcome for each module, and the text-art presentation with integrated self-check questions constitutes the rest of the spread. These two-page spreads give students a predictable learning path and an efficient organisation method for managing their time. Everything they need is contained within these spreads, which means no flipping pages to find relevant figures. Within each chapter, related modules are organised into sections that conclude with a Section Review.
  • Clinical Modules throughout the book help students connect what they learn in class to the real world, with scenarios they may encounter in their future career.
  • Chapter-opening Learning Outcomes are based on the Learning Outcomes recommended by the HAPS organisation and are repeated at the end of each two-page module to drive home the connection between the Learning Outcomes and the associated teaching points.
  • Full-sentence module titles state the core fact or concept that is presented in the module. These correlate by number to the Learning Outcomes on the chapter-opening page and at the end of each module, thus making it easy for students to 'see,' navigate through, and learn the chapter content.
  • Chapter Integration sections ask students to aggregate what they have learned so far in the context of real-world situations. These scenarios are presented in a friendly, story format followed by critical thinking questions.
  • End-of-Chapter study and practice material includes a narrative Study Outline and comprehensive Chapter Review Questions (labeling, matching, true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer) to help students learn and integrate the chapter content.

New to this edition

  • A new emphasis on using art more effectively informs multiple changes to layout and figure organization, as well as a new system of integrated figure prompts and questions, helping ensure that students view and navigate the art more efficiently and effectively to enhance learning.
  • Modules 1.1 - 1.5 introduce students to the importance of studying the art in the book and then guides them through how to study the figures in the text.
  • Everyday Physiology features are sprinkled throughout the text to help students see connections to real-life applications.
  • Learning Outcomes Correlation booklet matches the Learning Outcomes in the textbook to the recommended HAPS Learning Outcomes. Instructors can use this reference tool to quickly see where a given topic is covered, and to what degree.

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