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Anatomy and Physiology by Gerard J. Tortora
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May 16, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: nursing-prerequisite-textbooks
Read from January 30 to May 13, 2010

I have read this disaster cover to cover. The layout makes no sense. It is densely packed text with two columns (both necessary to read), but sometimes there are four inch margins on the bottom. The text is humorless and uninteresting outside of a general appreciation of the human body, which could be considered fine if it were tightly worded in order to be efficient, and well designed so that reading wasn't a total chore, and one that inspires sleep more than an engaged study session. In addition, the book is unnecessarily heavy (my similarly-sized statistics textbook is half the weight).

Few textbook conventions exist here, bolded words that are needed to know are too often not defined in the same sentence, but sometimes italicized text is used instead of bold, and sometimes you'll come across a new word that is never defined. The book is inaccessibly written, sometimes going far too far into detail about concepts, sometimes just glancing the concept.

The best part about the book is the accessory Wiley Plus website. Here is where the book is illuminated with animations, audio asides, prononciation guides, quizzes, activities, and etc. Learning Anatomy is much less a chore with the website than with the book, and the website contains all of the textbook as well. Had I the chance to go back to the day I decided to buy this book for class, I would have just bought the website service instead.

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