I have yet to find any inaccuracies in the content. There are some areas where I would have liked a little more detail i. I have seen extra information that I do not currently teach in my classes i. The basic content in the textbook will not change over time as science progresses, so I believe this textbook has longevity.
However, the interactive links will have to be checked and potentially updated as time passes. For example, I wonder if links to YouTube videos will always be accurate, and what will happen if the video is removed from YouTube in the future. I imagine it would be too difficult to have an OpenStax Youtube channel with all the videos for each textbook, but that might help guarantee the videos stay accessible.
Otherwise, the content would be easy to update or add to in the future to keep pace with scientific discovery. The text is written in as clear a way as a scientific textbook can be. There is a LOT of terminology that, for the most part, is explained adequately. It also helps that these terms are bolded to call attention to them, and that there are lists of key terms at the ends of chapters to give students an easy to access list along with definitions of terms they should know.
I found the textbook to be consistent throughout. Each section is really its own separate entity, so there is not a much overlap between chapters that would lend to inconsistency. The text from chapter to chapter is easy to read, so I do not detect any sort of inconsistency in voice or areas the students should struggle with more based on the sentence phrasing.
You can also easily edit the text and figure placement as well. The table of contents, as well as the chapters themselves, are clearly organized and formatted in an easy to read way. The links in the table of contents that will allow you to jump to the start of each chapter are good to have. Students would not struggle to find their way around this book. The chapters themselves are formatted well with headings and are easy to view. It is not difficult to find what you are looking for.
There seems to be excessive white space when there are images too large for the current page where the text ends. I would have liked to see the elimination of this extra space. Students tend to stress when they see a book having such a large page number count, so getting rid of the white space would make it less intimidating.
I love the tables throughout the textbook, as they summarize important information in a clear and concise way for the reader. The end of chapter resources are great for students to use for review, so I am happy to see those included. The index is extensive and also allows you to jump to the page s where the terms are located, which is a plus to using this textbook.
Figures are extremely important to me when choosing a textbook. I am happy to see in this textbook that the figures are nice and clear when you zoom in on them. They are also of good quality and accuracy; I have not been wishing to have a different image that what is provided in the text.
A lot of free content out there tends to have cartoon-like figures that are not entirely accurate, but the figures included in this textbook I am extremely happy with i. They are or are very near the same quality as what you would get in a textbook you would pay for. The links to animations and videos are also nice to have for students.
When I clicked on the web URL to view the animation on metabolic processes pdf p. However, when I used my barcode scanner to scan the QR code, it did not open the animation on my phone it looks like it is the wrong web address compared to the URL link listed.
The interactive micrographs are a definite plus to using this textbook, I think they are awesome. Students struggle so much when it comes to the tissues, so having more potential practice images that they can zoom in on to great detail will be really helpful.
I think including this information i. I found nothing within the textbook to be offensive or insensitive, though I would have thought the section on inheritance would have included information on how XX and XY are not the only aspects that genetically can make your sex be male or female.
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this textbook. I found it to be very thorough and well organized. I look forward to adapting it to use in my courses! This textbook covers all the systems of the body. The table of contents if very detailed and the glossary allows for the reader to link directly to portions the text that discuss the vocabulary term. The information provided in the text is accurate.
The authors wrote the content in an interesting way. They use several analogies and visual language to help the reader follow along. The book is up-to-date.
I particularly enjoy the links to youtube videos and career connections placed in the chapters. The authors of this book use very visual language. This is important for a course like this one. It allows the reader to paint a picture in their minds of the concepts being covered and also use life experiences as examples. The text does a good job using anatomical terminology. They even make a point to refer the reader back to previous chapters to reinforce concepts.
The text is sectioned out appropriately. Readers can scan the chapters to easily find specific topics. The chapters are organized into units in a logical fashion. The various systems of the body are grouped together so the reader can see the connection they have in the human body plan. The text was easy to navigate.
The chapters are well organized and there are relevant figures and videos mixed into the text. There were no major grammatical errors in this book. The authors of the book did use very visual language and so there were times when the text was very wordy. The book contains several inserts about potential careers and articles discussing current concerns about the various topics covered in the book. They are informative and interesting reads.
I plan on using this text as a supplemental reading source for my students. It is full of interactive figures, side articles and great images. The OER text book adequately covers physiologic and anatomical concepts, addressing specific points with the depth and breath students need to understand the processes and continue to build, apply and master their knowledge in this discipline. As in any course for this comment it depends on the delivery method, objectives and outcomes that are to be achieved, however from what my particular areas of focus are on I found accuracy and clear methods of conveying the materials.
The book is arranged in a way that is easily understandable and predictable from unit to unit and chapter to chapter, so the reader will be able to find the materials they need to master. The books units have been divided up into smaller sections and topics that are going to be readily incorporated into course subject delivery and coverage.
Reading the OER online was very functional and compatible with the system I was working with. I do wish the online version had page numbers readily available to reference students to instead of having to have the students download the PDF.
Grammar was very digestible, not to simple and to convoluted for one to read and understand the materials. My only concern is finding the images needed to convey the Anatomy in a clear manner to my students.
The newest updates to topics that I observed seemed to be from Statistics and evolving medicine need to be constantly updated, so I hope that one of the advantages of OER materials will be the ability for more frequent updating and additions of new materials and insights as they become available for students in fast evolving fields.
The links to the videos are expecially useful to today's students. The text is fairly consistent in the type of terminology, display, and methods used for conveying material between chapters so it should be easy for students to follow throughout the course.
The contents and organization of the course into appropriate modules that can be EASILY assigned and accessed by students through the table of contents is one of the great assets of this text!
Faculty and students alike would greatly benefit from this method of organization when using the online modules. The contents, topics, and organization of the text are extremely clear and well-designed and is one of the great assets of this text! The text interface and all images are very clear. No navigational problems were encountered. The image denoting a "video" could be a better selection throughout. While the text did not appear offensive, and there was definitely an attempt to use people from a variety of backgrounds in photos.
However addressing more current issues of insensitivity such as biological gender not addressed. By and large I found the text to be comprehensive in nature for an undergraduate A and P book. Each organ system was addressed in good detail. There were a few areas where a bit more detail could have been provided eye anatomy; function of some There were a few areas where a bit more detail could have been provided eye anatomy; function of some brain structures such as the cerebellum, etc.
The extensive inclusion of case studies and insets certainly helped focus your energy on what is most important. The glossary and main topic summaries are excellent and provide a rapid review when coming back to a chapter. Overall, I found to book to be accurate and without any glaring inaccuracies. I did not detect significant bias towards a viewpoint scientific, political, or otherwise. I would consider this book to have an extended lifespan of relevancy.
However, these could be quickly and efficiently modified without need to extensively modify the overall content of the text. These really are helpful in making the students both understand what they are learning and also WHY it is important that they learn it.
Overall I found the book to be clearly written and accessible to an undergraduate audience. The book avoids being unnecessarily dense and laden with impractical jargon. Consistency was fine. There were a few occasions where terminology of the text and terminology used in labeling images was not consistent.
That being said, it would not be cause for major confusion and was isolated in nature. My only complaint was that in several chapters there tended to be what seemed like an extended section of text without any accompanying figures or illustrations to draw your attention to for clarification. In general I had no problems interacting with the book. The links to the interactive animations or modules all worked flawlessly. Some of the figures were not quite a clear as I had hoped. A bit more resolution would be appreciated in some figures.
Additionally, some figures seemed to be a bit small for my taste and could be a bit muddled with extensive labeling. That being said, I could still navigate the figures and understand what was trying to be conveyed. I did not find the book to contain any offensive material. When specific cultures, races, or ethnic backgrounds were mentioned it was to highlight matters of biological significance and importance. Overall I was quite impressed with the quality of the book.
I have reviewed other "open source" books and found them to contain inadequate detail and often felt disjointed due to having authors with dramatically different writing styles write different chapters. Some other books also utilized sub par illustrations. This book used quite good illustrations and I quite enjoyed the interactive videos and case studies to highlight the significance of what you should be learning.
The summaries and question bank at the end of each chapter allowed you to review what you should have learned and provided a quick review should you need to return to a chapter. The textbook does cover the important concepts in Anatomy and Physiology.
I do appreciate a glossary being at the end of each chapter, instead of the usual entire glossary at the end of the textbook. Since the basic concepts of Anatomy and Physiology are covered and the knowledge of the human body is pretty comprehensive, I don't foresee the textbook becoming irrelevant any time soon. It's longevity is pretty much stable. The text was clear and coherent, but at times was almost too simplistic.
I would have liked to have seen a little more technical terminology used in order to get students used to integrating it into their normal speech. The authors were consistent in their use of terminology throughout the textbook, and made referencing terminology not difficult. This text is very modular and it is easy to identify and work with individual units of material. The table of contents breaks out units in easy to identify topics that contain related content for ease of use.
I would recommend putting in some learning objectives before each chapter subsection. This text follows a similar flow and organization of many of the commercially available texts on the market. There are several problems that may affect readability and interaction with the text. Such as broken links that no longer had the identified content. Overall, this book is comparable to many of the commercially available textbooks on the market and would suffice for an introductory level anatomy and physiology class.
I did find it lacking in detail in a few areas, primarily in the detail of the I did find it lacking in detail in a few areas, primarily in the detail of the images and figure legends.
I did appreciate the glossary at the end of each chapter, making it easy for students to reference material and reducing the "search" for terms through a giant glossary at the end of the book.
The table of contents and index were perfectly adequate and did a good job of providing the necessary information. I also appreciated the wide variety of resources provided, such as the practice questions, "aging and the The content was accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased in the presentation of materials.
It reads in a very neutral tone that emphasized the presentation of information that has been well-researched. The written content was up-to-date and will stay relevant for the foreseeable future. However, I found many of the interactive links to be somewhat outdated from the late s or early s and would have liked to see those updated with more current videos. The text was clear and coherent, but at times was almost too simplistic in prose. There were times where I would have liked to see a little more technical terminology used in order to get students used to integrating it into their vernacular.
Due to the complex nature of some of the topics, the oversimplification of prose not to be confused with content , may make it more difficult for students to synthesize and apply the information, since they will not be used to seeing it in those terms.
I appreciated that each chapter can stand alone and concepts are reviewed, so students do not have to "refer to chapter The other issue with clarity that I have is that the images and figures did not seem to have the same level of detail as the book, compared to other commercially published books, making them less effective in my mind. This text was extremely consistent in it's framework and set-up. I greatly appreciated the learning objectives being presented at the beginning of each chapter and then throughout the chapter.
I also liked that each chapter has a similar flow, providing consistency for students in their learning. The authors were consistent in their use of terminology throughout the book and made referencing terminology easy. Individual chapters and subsections within chapters are of appropriate length and attempt to balance written content with figures and interactive components. Topics are presented in a clear, logical manner that helps the reader move from one topic to the next.
I reviewed the PDF version, so I cannot speak to the online version, but I found several problems that may affect readability and interaction with the text.
For the sections I reviewed, there were several either broken links or links that no longer had the identified content, resulting in frustration on the readers part. There were also times where the page breaks did not match up with images or cut text in an awkward reading location.
Overall, this is a well-developed OER resource for an introductory level Anatomy and Physiology course. The content is sufficient for a or level class and it is a relatively easy to read compared to similar commercially available texts. This book covers the material for an introductory two semester A and P class.
The chapter organization allows for a flexible sequence of material. It could easily be used for an 1 semester introductory physiology class or a 1 semester It could easily be used for an 1 semester introductory physiology class or a 1 semester introduction to anatomy class.
At this level the content will have a good longevity. This book has the fundamentals needed to teach an introductory course. I can add updated material to my course easily without changing textbooks. It is a readable text. Terminology is an important component of anatomy so terminology is required.
Definitions are accessible within the chapters. Diagrams are simple but very effective. Logical, I might use it in a slightly different order but I do not have a problem assigning chapters out of order.
The images and charts are fine. A few of the hyperlinks did not work or sent me to the wrong website. It do not see that as a problem. The page numbers were off by 10 pages in the PDF. Once I figured it out, it was not a problem. I just adjusted my search page number. This one is organized a bit differently, but all of the important concepts This one is organized a bit differently, but all of the important concepts from the standard one are present with a different, more student-centered focus.
This textbook even goes beyond the standard texts in this field with an innovative, highly career-relevant chapter entitled "The Neurological Exam. While the book reads well, it was troubling to find some obvious mistakes in the random sections I chose to review. It may need to be proof-read in its entirety to ensure overall accuracy. The most troubling mistakes that I found were: Figure This is a huge mistake since accessory digestive organs are called Accessory because they are NOT part of the GI tract at all.
Secondly, vitamins cannot be synthesized by our bodies at all which makes them essential parts of our diets. Typos found: Exp from table on page Insulin "causes cells in muscle, adipose tissue, and liver to take up glucose from the blood and store it in the liver and muscle as glucagon; its effect is the opposite of glucagon;" - It should have said that glucose is stored as glycogen, not glucagon.
This sort of typo could obviously be confusing for students, especially those learning this material for the first time.
I will be sending these and any other problems I note to the authors as they request in the Preface. This text goes out of its way to reference current research that may impact various aspects of the material. The fact that the authors are themselves teachers makes me feel like they will be making changes as they recognize the need for them in their students' reactions to the material. The Neurological Exam chapter seems to be the most vulnerable to changes in the short term as medical norms evolve more quickly than physiological research.
The sections I read, for the most part were clear and in some cases much more understandable than the comparable paper textbook to which I was comparing this online text. Good Examples of Clarity within this book: 1 Redox Reaction section p. Examples of Possible Clarity problems: Last paragraph on page 44 says "the most common form of carbon's mass number is It should instead say that "the most common form of carbon found in our world has a mass number of However the mass number is used simply to label and track the isotopes while this section makes it sound like that is the most important aspect.
Could confuse students new to basic chemistry. In this sentence: "Polysaccharides serve as energy storage e. This addition would also make it more consistent with the structural uses of CHOs listed in the same sentence. Khan video chosen for Glycolysis Interactive link at top of pg. The text version explanation below this link was much better at clarifying this central process. In general, I felt that the "Interactive Links" i. There seems to be a need to create more OpenStax videos that more clearly integrate with the text.
The authors state that they designed this textbook to promote scientific literacy and they have succeeded. However, all of the features were not consistently included in every chapter. Perhaps this text is still a work in progress? Each unit and the chapters within each unit can stand alone without phrases like "in the last chapter The book chapters are organized into units by the overall functions necessary to support life.
It helps students create a general schema of the overall purpose of each body system and how they work together to maintain homeostasis and growth. Figures not sized to be on same page as associated text within the PDF. The figures themselves are legible, but the excessive white space is a bit distracting and adds to the overall length of the document.
The online version flows well without this type of distraction. Photos included a variety of races and I particularly liked Figure 5. It nicely illustrated what I have long had to explain to my students about the mechanisms of skin color. The overall conversational style of the book is exemplified by the following phrase: "An important part of this course is to understand the nervous system.
This can be especially challenging because you need to learn about the nervous system using your own nervous system. The text covers all of the information that would be typically required for an introductory human anatomy and physiology course.
Besides being similar to other textbooks in its arrangement, the content is comparable to many published textbooks. I would prefer to have more microscopic images of tissues, and different image views of muscles and joints. Having the chapters broken down into smaller sections that include summaries and questions for the students are all beneficial.
The content within seems to be concise and accurate. Again, this book is geared more towards an introductory human anatomy and physiology, therefore, it is evenly balanced between anatomy and physiology. If one was teaching a higher-level course, then supplemental material would be required for a more in-depth perspective.
There were a few grammatical errors which is not uncommon to find. The content does seem to be up-to-date. Even though medical and scientific advances may lead to changes from time to time within the text, this should only be minor adjustments.
The text is written in a manner that should be easily understood by an undergraduate student. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner that follows the natural progression through anatomy and physiology similar to many other textbooks. Therefore, one might need to use supplemental images and animations to get some points across.
The text is consistent in its arrangement. Each section is followed by summaries, student questions, and definitions that are all helpful to the student. The text is divided into sections that are easy to follow and navigate through. The text contains units that are divided into chapters that are further divided into sections.
This makes the arrangement of the course more manageable for both the instructor and the student. The text does contain a number of graphics as well as website links and videos. Many of the links were excellent resources for students, however, some of the links were outdated.
The text conveys the information in a very straightforward manner and I did not find anything to be offensive or insulting. The information presented in the text is for and representative of a wide range of age and race, as well as both genders. The content of the book is current and is organized. The topic is one that that will not quickly change or become outdated. The text is very consistent in that each chapter begins with chapter objectives,offers appropriate figures for visual understanding, provides Interactive links for students to watch videos or animations.
Each chapter ends with key terms, a chapter review, interactive link questions, review questions and critical thinking questions. Reviewed by David McLeod , Asst. This text covers the topics of human anatomy and human physiology relatively comprehensively. As in any combined text or class , it would be nearly impossible to provide in-depth coverage of either topic. Instead, I found that this text covered I would imagine that anyone teaching separate anatomy and physiology courses would find this books treatment of the body only partially sufficient.
That said, there was a surprising amount of detail included in certain sections e. Generally accurate, though there are errors within e. Understanding of physiology may change with time, but even that is likely to have reached a reasonable level of stasis.
This book has no glaring issues that would cause it to fall into irrelevancy. The text is adequately written. I did find that there is a fair bit of redundancy between certain sections e. This may have been intentional, using repetition to drive home a particular point or connect topics between sections and chapters. It may have also been an artifact of multiple authors. Sign up Log in. Web icon An illustration of a computer application window Wayback Machine Texts icon An illustration of an open book.