Anatomy and Physiology in Healthcare

By Paul Marshall, Beverley Gallacher, Jim Jolly and Shupikai Rinomhota

Jul 2017 , 528 pp
ISBN 9781904842958
Price: £29.99, $44.99
Aug 2018 , 528 pp
ISBN 9781911510291
Price: £25.49, $34.41
Anatomy and Physiology in Healthcare focuses on what healthcare students need to know about the biological principles which underpin the practice of healthcare.

All healthcare students have to study anatomy and physiology. They often find it a challenging subject and struggle to see how the subject will link to their professional practice.

This book is unique in that it integrates clinical cases with the essential biological facts to provide all students with a thorough understanding of how anatomy and physiology can be applied in healthcare.

  • By using clinical cases throughout , the book helps the reader grasp the practical relevance of anatomy and physiology to decision-making and care delivery.
  • The clinical cases have been carefully selected to reflect common conditions encountered in practice today, and the changing patterns of disease and healthcare.
  • Clear high-quality full colour illustrations, links to appropriate web-based content, and self-assessment material make this the perfect, practical textbook for all healthcare students


"This textbook presents anatomy and physiology in a fun and interactive way....It is divided into 14 chapters and the way the authors have introduced the information gives it a modern twist. For example, instead of titling a chapter 'The reproductive system', it is called 'From one generation to the next'. .....What works particularly well is the way the authors have used case studies that reflect the reality of the changing patterns of health and disease....This book provides a good foundation in clinical application and it seeks to link theory to practice." Nursing Standard 27 September 2017, volume 32 number 5

University Recommendations:
The book is recommended at the following institutions, with more in the pipeline:
Anglia Ruskin University
Birmingham City University
Edge Hill University
King's College London
Kingston University
Middlesex University
Northumbria University
Queen's University Belfast
Staffordshire University
St George's, University of London
University of Bolton
University of Brighton
University of Central Lancashire
University of East Anglia
University of Hertfordshire
University of Leeds
University of Lincoln
University of Portsmouth
University of Sheffield
University of Suffolk
University of West London

Sample Chapters:
To view sample chapters, click on the 'resources' tab above.

Inspection Copies: 
We provide inspection copies electronically in the first instance. This keeps our costs down, which means we can keep the price of the book down for your students. 
To request an inspection copy please complete the online inspection copy form.

Powerpoints of all the illustrations, photos and tables are now available for lecturers. If you would like these, please email Simon Watkins, Sales Director [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] The powerpoints will be provided via file transfer (we generally use WeTransfer).


 01. Why is the human body the way it is?

1.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

1.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

1.2.1 Why the human body is the way it is

1.2.2 Single-celled and multicellular organisms

1.2.3 Homeostasis and homeodynamics

1.2.4 The internal environment and plasma

1.2.5 The homeodynamic process

1.2.6 The homeodynamic regulation of body temperature

1.3 Clinical application

1.4 Anatomical language

1.4.1 General anatomical terms

1.4.2 Body cavities

1.4.3 Body regions

1.5 Summary

1.6 Further reading

1.7 Self-assessment questions

02. Cells and their environment

2.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

2.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

2.2.1 Types of cell: the diversity of life

2.2.2 Components of a eukaryotic cell

2.2.3 Organization of cells in the body

2.3 Clinical application

2.4 Summary

2.5 Further reading

2.6 Self-assessment questions

03. Genetics: how cells divide and introduce variation

3.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

3.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

3.2.1 The genome

3.2.2 Chromosomes

3.2.3 Cell division

3.2.4 Application of genetics to healthcare

3.3 Clinical application

3.4 Summary

3.5 Further reading

3.6 Self-assessment questions

04. Communication: short and fast

4.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

4.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

4.2.1 Characteristics of a biological communication system

4.2.2 The nervous system: structural organization

4.2.3 Nervous tissue

4.2.4 Functional organization of the nervous system

4.2.5 The generation and propagation of an action potential

4.2.6 The central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord

4.2.7 Neuronal pathways and tracts of the brain and spinal cord

4.2.8 Protection and nourishment of the brain and spinal cord

4.2.9 The peripheral nervous system (cranial nerves and spinal nerves)

4.2.10 The autonomic nervous system

4.3 Clinical application

4.4 Summary

4.5 Further reading

4.6 Self-assessment questions

05. Communication: long and slow

5.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

5.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

5.2.1 The endocrine system

5.2.2 Protein hormones

5.2.3 Lipid-derivative hormones 

5.2.4 How hormones exert an effect

5.2.5 Major endocrine glands and tissues

5.3 Clinical application

5.4 Summary

5.5 Further reading

5.6 Self-assessment questions

06. How the external environment is interpreted

6.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

6.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

6.2.1 Sensation and perception

6.2.2 Vision and the eye

6.2.3 Taste and smell

6.2.4 Hearing

6.2.5 Touch

6.3 Clinical application

6.4 Summary

6.5 Further reading

6.6 Self-assessment questions

07. Why food is needed: the chemical basis of health

7.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

7.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

7.2.1 The driving force behind cellular processes and activities

7.2.2 Components of food

7.2.3 Making nutrients in food available

7.3 Clinical application

7.4 Summary

7.5 Further reading

7.6 Self-assessment questions

08. The importance of water and electrolytes

8.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

8.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

8.2.1 Water and electrolytes

8.2.2 Functions of the kidney

8.3 Clinical application

8.4 Summary

8.5 Further reading

8.6 Self-assessment questions

09. Organs need to be perfused

9.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

9.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

9.2.1 Structure and function of blood vessels

9.2.2 Blood flow and perfusion

9.2.3 The heart: structure and function

9.2.4 Blood pressure

9.2.5 Blood composition and function

9.3 Clinical application

9.4 Summary

9.5 Further reading

9.6 Self-assessment questions

10. The body needs oxygen

10.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

10.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

10.2.1 Upper respiratory tract

10.2.2 Lower respiratory tract

10.2.3 Lung tissue and the bronchial tree

10.2.4 Ventilation and the mechanics of breathing

10.2.5 Respiratory volumes and capacities

10.2.6 Exchange and transportation of gases

10.2.7 Regulation of breathing by chemoreceptors

10.3 Clinical application

10.4 Summary

10.5 Further reading

10.6 Self-assessment questions

11. Protection from harm

11.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

11.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

11.2.1 Lymphatic structures support immunity

11.2.2 Innate immunity – physical defences

11.2.3 Recognition of microorganisms by innate immunity

11.2.4 Innate immunity – cellular defences

11.2.5 Innate immunity – humoral defences

11.2.6 Acute inflammation

11.2.7 Adaptive immunity

11.3 Clinical application

11.4 Summary

11.5 Further reading

11.6 Self-assessment questions

12. Skin: our protective cover

12.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

12.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

12.2.1 Structure of the skin

12.2.2 Factors affecting the skin

12.2.3 Wound healing

12.3 Clinical application

12.4 Summary

12.5 Further reading

12.6 Self-assessment questions

13. Achieving movement

13.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

13.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

13.2.1 Bones

13.2.2 The joints

13.2.3 Muscles

13.3 Clinical application

13.4 Summary

13.5 Further reading

13.6 Self-assessment questions

14. From one generation to the next

14.1 Introduction and clinical relevance

14.2 What you need to know – essential anatomy and physiology

14.2.1 Structure and function of the male reproductive system

14.2.3 Structure and function of the female reproductive system

14.3 Clinical application

14.4 Summary

14.5 Further reading

14.6 Self-assessment questions

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