Anatomy & Physiology

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Title

Anatomy & Physiology

Subject

ANATOMY

Description

Though you may approach a course in anatomy and physiology strictly as a requirement for your field of study, the
knowledge you gain in this course will serve you well in many aspects of your life. An understanding of anatomy and
Chapter 1 | An Introduction to the Human Body 9physiology is not only fundamental to any career in the health professions, but it can also benefit your own health.
Familiarity with the human body can help you make healthful choices and prompt you to take appropriate action when signs
of illness arise. Your knowledge in this field will help you understand news about nutrition, medications, medical devices,
and procedures and help you understand genetic or infectious diseases. At some point, everyone will have a problem with
some aspect of his or her body and your knowledge can help you to be a better parent, spouse, partner, friend, colleague, or
caregiver.
This chapter begins with an overview of anatomy and physiology and a preview of the body regions and functions. It then
covers the characteristics of life and how the body works to maintain stable conditions. It introduces a set of standard
terms for body structures and for planes and positions in the body that will serve as a foundation for more comprehensive
information covered later in the text. It ends with examples of medical imaging used to see inside the living body.

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© 2016 Rice University. Textbook content produced by OpenStax is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
License

Date

25 April 2013

Contributor

Kim Aaronson Aquarius Institute; Triton College
Lopamudra Agarwal Augusta Technical College
Gary Allen Dalhousie University
Robert Allison McLennan Community College
Heather Armbruster Southern Union State Community College
Timothy Ballard University of North Carolina Wilmington
Matthew Barlow Eastern New Mexico University
William Blaker Furman University
Julie Bowers East Tennessee State University
Emily Bradshaw Florida Southern College
Nishi Bryska University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Susan Caley Opsal Illinois Valley Community College
Boyd Campbell Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
Ann Caplea Walsh University
Marnie Chapman University of Alaska, Sitka
Barbara Christie-Pope Cornell College
Kenneth Crane Texarkana College
Maurice Culver Florida State College at Jacksonville
Heather Cushman Tacoma Community College

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Connexions logo are not subject to the license and may not be reproduced without the prior and express written consent of Rice
University.
ISBN-10 1938168135
ISBN-13 978-1-938168-13-0
Revision AP-2013-002(03/16)-RS

Format

pdf

Language

English

Type

text

Coverage

BMU

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