Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology - AnInteractive Textbook for Nursing Students
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The mind and the body, when working in harmony, is a fantastic system capable of extraordinary things.

With an applied, interactive, and highly visual approach, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Student Nurses provides students with an exciting and straightforward understanding of anatomy and physiology, enabling them to deliver high quality care in any setting. This book covers the structure and functions of the human body, with clinical applications throughout.

Key features:

A clear, straightforward book on anatomy and physiology for all students in nursing and allied health.Fully interactive, with an activity section at the end of each chapter, featuring multiple choice questions, diagram labelling, test your learning questions, crosswords, and 'find out more'.Generous, full colour illustrations throughoutClinical considerations and scenarios throughout showing how the material can be applied to daily practiceA companion website where you'll find further exercises, illustrations, and interactive MCQs


Ian Peate is Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at Thames Valley University

Muralitharan Nair is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire


Contributors xx

Acknowledgements xxiii

Copyright acknowledgements xxiv

Introduction xxv

Chapter 1 Basic scientific principles of physiology 1
Peter S Vickers

Chapter 2 Cells: cellular compartment, transport system, fluid movements 32
Muralitharan Nair

Chapter 3 The immune system 62
Peter S Vickers

Chapter 4 Tissue 102
Anthony Wheeldon

Chapter 5 The skin 130
Ian Peate

Chapter 6 The nervous system 154
Louise McErlean and Janet G Migliozzi

Chapter 7 The endocrine system 190
Carl Clare

Chapter 8 The skeletal system 224
Ian Peate

Chapter 9 The muscular system 258
Janet G Migliozzi

Chapter 10 The cardiac system 294
Carl Clare

Chapter 11 The respiratory system 328
Anthony Wheeldon

Chapter 12 The circulatory system 366
Muralitharan Nair

Chapter 13 The digestive system and nutrition 406
Louise McErlean

Chapter 14 The renal system 446
Muralitharan Nair

Chapter 15 The reproductive systems 476
Ian Peate

Chapter 16 The special senses 510
Carl Clare

Chapter 17 Genetics 550
Peter S Vickers

Index 585


An excellent detailed, yet concise A&P textbook; a valuable learning tool for nursing students at all levels. (2nd year student nurse, University of Nottingham)

An exceptional book looking at the anatomy and physiology of the human body which would be an invaluable addition to any nursing students’ studies…It was a pleasure to read and will be a valuable resource for my studies. (1st year student nurse, Glyndwr University)

An excellent book for providing a good introduction into the wonders of each system of the body…I would recommend to my lecturers without doubt. (2nd year student nurse, University of Salford)

This resource would be useful to me throughout my nursing training and beyond. .. I like the style this book is written in. The language is communicative, and easy to relate to. The subject matters are explained well, and made very comprehensible. Well structured and easy to access. (1st year student nurse, City University, London)

I like the written style of the book, it is clear, concise and academic. (1st year student nurse, Bucks New University)

The diagrams, tables, figures and illustrations are excellent… I will be showing this copy to everyone. (2nd year student nurse, University of East Anglia)

It allows the reader to gain a good sound level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology; prefect for my first year educational needs (1st year student nurse, Glasgow Caledonian University)

This book would be most useful for first years as it explains everything simply and clearly, but would be a good reference tool for every year while studying, and when in your career. (2nd year student nurse, Glasgow Caledonian University)

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Student Nurses will be useful throughout my entire course. …I am very pleased with this book. I love the colour and layout.  (1st year student nurse, University of Abertay Dundee)

More than just a biology book – it actually relates to what a nurse needs to know in practice. (2nd year student nurse, Canterbury Christ Church University)