Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology Book


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We were delighted when we were asked to write a second edition of the popular Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Student Nurses. The first edition has been a very popular choice not only with student nurses but also with students in other healthcare professions and this has been reflected in the title of this second edition. The second edition of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Healthcare Students retains all of the attributes in the popular first edition as well as a whole range of new features in this book and also through the companion websites.

Those contributing to the text are all dedicated to the provision of high‐quality, safe and effective care. The authors are all experienced academics working in higher education, with many years of clinical experience, knowledge and skills, teaching a variety of multidisciplinary student groups at various academic levels. We are confident that after you have gained a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology you will be able to understand better the needs of the people you have the privilege to care for. High‐quality, safe and effective care for all is something all of us should strive to provide; however, this will be a challenge if we do not fully appreciate the person in a holistic manner. Those who provide care have to take into consideration the anatomical and physiological elements, but they must also consider the psychosocial aspects of the person and their family, addressing the needs of the whole being, the whole person. This text has been devised in such a way as to encourage learning and understanding. We hope you enjoy reading it, and more importantly that you are hungry to learn more, that you will be tempted to delve deeper as you grow and develop into becoming a provider of healthcare that is world class, safe and effective.

The companion to this book, Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students (Nair and Peat, 2013), also in its second edition, will help in your development and understanding. Within your programme of study which is related to the provision of care it is important that you are confident and competent with regards to pathophysiology and anatomy and physiology. It is not enough that you remember all of the facts (and there are many of these) that are linked with anatomy and physiology; you also have to relate these to those you care for. Some of those people may be vulnerable and at risk of harm, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you are knowledgeable and that you understand the complexities of care. This new edition of Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Healthcare Students will help you.

It is a requirement of several programmes of study that lead to registration with a professional body that you demonstrate competence in a number of spheres, and this will include anatomy and physiology – for example, see The Standards for Pre‐Registration Nursing Education (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2010).

The human body is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside; when working in harmony the mind and body is an astonishing mechanism that has the capacity to perform a range of amazing things. Healthcare students practise and study in a number of healthcare settings, in the hospital and the primary‐care setting and in the person’s own home where they are destined to meet and care for patients with a range of altered anatomical and physiological problems. Employing a fundamental approach with a sound anatomical and physiological understanding will provide healthcare students with an essential basis on which to provide care.


  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Prefixes, suffixes
  • How to use your textbook
  • About the companion website
    • Chapter 1 Basic scientific principles of physiology (Peter S Vickers)
    • Chapter 2 Cells, cellular compartments, transport systems, fluid movement between compartments (Muralitharan Nair)
    • Chapter 3 Genetics (Peter S Vickers)
    • Chapter 4 Tissue (Anthony Wheel don)
    • Chapter 5 The skeletal system (Ian Peat)
    • Chapter 6 The muscular system (Janet G Magliozzi)
    • Chapter 7 Circulatory system (Muralitharan Nair)
    • Chapter 8 The cardiac system (Carl Clare)
    • Chapter 9 The digestive system (Louise McErlean)
    • Chapter 10 The renal system (Muralitharan Nair)
    • Chapter 11 The respiratory system (Anthony Wheeldon)
    • Chapter 12 The reproductive systems (Ian Peate)
    • Chapter 13 The nervous system (Louise McErlean and Janet G Migliozzi)
    • Chapter 14 The senses (Carl Clare)
    • Chapter 15 The endocrine system (Carl Clare)
    • Chapter 16 The immune system (Peter S Vickers)
    • Chapter 17 The skin (Ian Peate)
  • Normal values
  • Answers
  • Index

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