Features and Benefits

New to this Edition

  • A simply stunning art program uses more dynamic, three-dimensional, and realistic styles with dramatic views and perspectives and saturated and vibrant colors. The art includes key anatomy figures that are rendered superior to the competition, with detail, depth, and a clear focus on key anatomical structures. These figures are not only visually dynamic but they also do a superior job of teaching key concepts to today’s student.
  • Focus figures help students grasp key A&P concepts that they often have trouble visualizing and understanding, such as events at the neuromuscular junction, excitation-contraction coupling, the cross-bridge cycle, and action potential. These ten key figures convey these tough topics by walking students step-by-step through the processes with easy-to-follow illustrations and explanations.
  • Addition of author narration with blue text has been integrated into select figures to help guide students through complex, multi-step processes.
  • All new bone art features realistic color and attributes and creates a consistent style from figure to figure.
  • New photos include cadaver, photomicrograph, medical imaging, and clinical photos.
  • An easy-to-navigate text features newly tightened writing together with a clean presentation that is easier to study from and navigate.
  • Student Objectives have been integrated from the chapter opener page to within the chapter. These give students a preview of what content is to come and what they are expected to learn.
  • Check Your Understanding concept check questions ask students to stop, think, and check their understanding of key concepts at the end of each major section.
  • A new design and larger trim size make the book easier to navigate through and study from, and a new font style makes the book easier to read.
  • Powerful, user-friendly media includes


  • The clear and inviting writing style uses everyday analogies to explain difficult concepts and hold students’ attention.
  • The enhanced art program accelerates the learning process with large, clear anatomical figures, handy illustrated tables, consistent, color-coded flow charts, and realistic illustrations of microscopic structures.
  • Comprehensive clinical applications appear in Homeostatic Imbalance sections, Closer Look enrichment essays, Clinical Connections, and Critical Thinking and Clinical Application Questions to help students apply their knowledge to clinical situations.
  • Making Connections and Closer Connections summarize the relationships between body systems and their clinical implications.
  • Thorough beginning- and end-of-chapter pedagogy reinforces key concepts to help students truly understand the material instead of simply memorizing it.
  • Muscle art features more realistic, natural-looking colors and textures that are consistent in style from figure to figure.