Handbook of Anatomy & Physiology

Last week I added a new page in the Lion Den describing a new tool for your A&P learning toolbox:

First introduced a decade ago, this popular pocket guide has been completely updated with newly revised content and an almost complete redraw of the illlustrations.

Many A&P students have found this guide useful in their first A&P course.  But they've also found that it's a great tool to have in their pockets during later courses, especially clinical experiences, and even in their jobs, as they've needed a quick refresher on essential structures & functions of the human body.

Many clinicians find the Handbook of A&P to be a great tool for patient teaching.  The diagrams and tables often help explain basic anatomy or physiology to a patient trying to understand their health condition or a medical procedure.

The handbook is also useful in other professions such as insurance, art illustration, law enforcement, fashion, fitness,  and business, when knowing about the structure or function of the body (or its parts) is helpful to getting the job done right.

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New edition of Survival Guide for A&P

Over the past weekend, I updated the page regarding the Survival Guide for A&P, which has recently come out in a second, expanded edition.

Some of the new features include: 
  • Two additional sections on key study skills, bringing the total to 12.
  • Expanded tables on muscles and bones that include pronunciation guides and literal translations of each structure listed.
  • More of those popular cartoons highlighting principles and analogies covered in the guide.
  • More analogies and models to help student get some of the common sticky points in the A&P course.
  • New sections on text anxiety, using digital tools for learning, and English as a second language.
  • A lot more!

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BIO 095 pages updated

I recently updated the navigation menue, Syllabus (lionden.com/fis.htm), and other course pages for BIO 095 to reflect the change in name of this course.

BIO 095 will now be called Pre-A&P Foundations in Science.


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Updated "Bone Names" page

I recently added additional advice to the page Bone Names in the Field Guide to the Body series:

Plain Latin

simple bone namesYeah, I know it would be SO much easier if bone names were in plain English. But they're not, and no amount of whining (I've discovered) is going to change that.
But bone names are in plain "everyday" Latin. Meaning that most bone names are simple—and I meanreally simple—Latin words and phrases. For example, the bone name tibia sounds weird to us but it's simply "shin-bone" in Latin. Likewise, humerus is "arm," sternum is "breast-bone," and femur is simply "thigh."

And some terms you know already, because the Latin name is also the English name. For example, you already know ribskull, and pelvis.

The point is that it makes learning bone names far easier if you approach it as simply learning new names for things you (pretty much) already know.

Let's look at this approach a little more closely . . . click Bone Names for more
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Learning bone names

I recently added a new page in The Field Guide to the Human Body series:

This page has a variety of hints on how to get started learning the human skeleton by getting a handle on the terminology of bones and bone markings.

There are also links to handouts that can be used a reference to employ the suggested methods of study.

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Added page on mnemonics for A&P

Today I added a new page in the Study Tips & Tools section of the Lion Den.  This one outlines the use of mnemonic devices (memory aids) in studying A&P.

Mnemonics are particularly useful for remembering lists.

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Reading strategies

Today I added a new video to my Reading Strategies page at lionden.com/reading.htm

Or you can view it here.

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Spring 2013 course materials ready

All of the course pages for BIO 241 and BIO 242 are all up to date and ready to use in the Lion Den.

In Moodle, the course pages are also now open and ready for student use. Read More!