HUMAN ANATOMY LAB MANUAL 3rd Edition
Human anatomy is a complex but fascinating subject, and is perhaps one of the most personal subjects a student will encounter during his or her education. Yet it is also a subject that can create a great deal of anxiety for students because of the sheer volume of material, and a misconception among students that it’s “all about memorization.” Too often, confusion in the anatomy laboratory only enhances this misconception and enhances student frustration with the subject. My goal in writing this laboratory manual was to create a manual that guides students through their laboratory experience in an organized and focused way, and to provide them with tools that make the material more relevant to the student’s daily experiences with their own bodies and the world around them.
The study of human anatomy really comes to life in the anatomy laboratory. Here is where students get hands-on experience with human cadavers and bones, classroom models, preserved and fresh animal organs, and histology slides of human tissues. Many students are at a loss when it comes to knowing how to proceed in the anatomy laboratory. They are given numerous lists of structures to identify and histology slides to view, but comparatively little direction as to how to recognize structures or how to relate what they encounter in the laboratory to the material presented in lecture. In addition, most laboratory manuals on the market contain little more than material repeated from anatomy textbooks, which provides no real benefit to a student. All of these things lead to student frustration and take away from the joy that comes from discovering the beauty of the human body through touch, observation, and dissection. This laboratory manual is designed to be a user-friendly manual to the human anatomy laboratory that addresses just such issues.
New in the Third Edition
The most exciting change in this edition is the inclusion of an all-new chapter. Chapter 1: The Laboratory Environment introduces safety procedures, use of cadavers in the laboratory, common laboratory equipment, and dissection techniques. A multitude of new photos that familiarize students with laboratory equipment are presented in the context of step-by-step exercises demonstrating proper usage of these tools. All subsequent chapters have been renumbered to accommodate the placement of this new chapter at the very beginning of the book. Another new chapter on the Autonomic Nervous System (Chapter 26) has also been added, and subsequent chapters renumbered to acommodate placement of the chapter within the laboratory manual.
Another major change is the substantial overhaul of bone and histology photos. Of particular note, the author photographed a series of new skull images using a first-grade skull. The high-quality specimen and improved contrast provide much clearer detail than seen in the previous edition. In addition, the author photographed several new tissue slides to obtain photos that coincide with specific steps in the histology activities so students see exactly what is described in the exercises.
Finally, much effort has been spent fine-tuning content accuracy and clarity. Every chapter in the book was carefully scrutinized, resulting in numerous tweaks to table entries, adjustments in terminology, strategic addition and/or reconfiguring of labels and leader lines in the figures, and general polishing to improve readability. Other content changes include the addition of new questions to nearly all of the Pre- and Post-Laboratory Worksheets to make them more challenging and more complete, and continuation of numbering the chapter learning objectives for easier reference and tracking. Post- Laboratory Worksheet questions in the section “Do You Know the Basics?” are keyed to each exercise and learning objective in the chapter. There is at least one question per objective. This organization makes it even easier for instructors to customize the content for their individual course.
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