With the publication of a tenth edition, Wiley Publishing’s Introduction to the Human Body promises to continue providing students with an excellent interactive resource in a bright and improved new format. The text has already become a mainstay of the one-semester A&P course; few will deny the success of the previous nine editions. Now authors Gerard Tortora and Bryan Derrickson have made their Introduction to the Human Body 10th edition a work that not only speaks clearly and comprehensively to students through the text, but also illustrates difficult concepts through enhanced charts, diagrams, and other visual means.
Previous editions of The Human Body enjoyed great success both because the contents were presented clearly and the complexities of the structure and functioning of the human body were comprehensively explained. Twenty-four chapters covered basic cellular structure and tissue development, the major bodily systems (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, structural and so on), growth and inheritance, and the chemical balances that keep the body functioning. Photos, artwork, charts, and graphs illustrated the discussion throughout. But the world of science is anything but static. With ever-increasing knowledge and new biological data provided by research scientists needing to be incorporated into the text to make it current, relevant, and accessible to students, there has clearly been a need for a new edition. Introduction to the Human Body 10th edition has now been brought completely up to date through the incorporation of these data. The sections on disease and buffers have been particularly enlarged, as has the discussion of cryolipolysis. There’s new material on the control of breathing as well. As for the illustrations in the new edition, many of the drawings and photos have been replaced or revised; the illustrations of the heart in Chapter 15 (one of three chapters on the blood, heart, and circulation) are entirely new. Especially useful is the updating of the anatomical terminology used in the text, keeping all such terms current and searchable for students and instructors alike.
Introduction to the Human Body 10th edition Tortora comes with the option of the WileyPLUS Learning Space, an online platform designed to provide instructors with a wealth of teaching materials and students with the resources to build a collaborative learning environment. Editable PowerPoint slides, ready-made assignments, and engaging activities help instructors prepare lectures and arrange projects for their students as part of their coursework. WileyPLUS gives students access to Real Anatomy 2.0, 3D-imaging software that allows them to virtually dissect a real human corpse as they cut through minute layers and analyze the human body’s complex anatomy. At the Wiley Student Companion Site, students using Introduction to the Human Body 10th edition can continue learning outside of the classroom by watching animated videos meant to illustrate key concepts in each of the text’s chapters; “Muscles in Motion,” for example, graphically demonstrates the interconnection among the body’s major joints. WileyPLUS also provides the student with anatomical labelling exercises, access to maps of the major body systems, even an audio guide to the correct pronunciation of terms included in the text’s glossary.