The guiding philosophy for this textbook was to create a rich resource that makes it as easy as possible for students to learn the fundamentals of human physiology while also providing a solid, comprehensive, and current overview of the field. It is our belief that a physiology textbook should emphasize deeper understanding of concepts over mere memorization of facts, in concert with useful tools for students with varying levels of preparation in biology, chemistry, physics, and related sciences, to aid them in their individual studies.
In developing the fifth edition, we’ve made several ambitious enhancements with these goals in mind, while retaining the book’s proven and trusted hallmarks: a direct and precise writing style; a clear and illuminating art program designed to maximize student learning; and pedagogical features that stimulate users’ interest, help readers think about physiological processes in an integrated way, and reinforce the most important concepts.
The most wide-ranging advancement in the fifth edition is the addition of MasteringA&P®, the most effective and widely used online tutorial, homework, and assessment platform and system for the sciences.
This online tool utilizes the most current resources, including chapter quizzes, self-paced tutorials, practice tests, guided animations, interactive physiological processes, and expansive laboratory simulations.
In this edition we have also both expanded and focused our previous diabetes emphasis by illustrating on a text-wide basis the concept of diabetes as a touchstone disease—one that affects all body systems and provides a comprehensive example of how the body responds to disease and attempts to restore homeostasis. This content has been expanded to touch every applicable chapter in the text, and has been focused through the introduction of new Focus on Diabetes boxes, which highlight the material for easier reference.