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By Charles Oxnard, Matt Cartmill, Kaye B. Brown

As scientific faculties fight to slot ever extra fabric right into a fastened period of time, scholars have to procedure the examine of anatomy via a succinct, integrative evaluation. instead of environment forth an overpowering checklist of evidence to be memorized, this booklet engages readers with a desirable account of the connections among human anatomy and a big selection of medical disciplines, weaving within the most up-to-date advances in developmental and evolutionary biology, comparative morphology, and organic engineering.  Logically equipped round a number of key ideas, The medical Bases of Human Anatomy offers them in transparent, memorable prose, concise tabular fabric, and a number of extraordinary pictures and unique diagrams.

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As clinical colleges fight to slot ever extra fabric right into a fastened period of time, scholars have to strategy the learn of anatomy via a succinct, integrative assessment. instead of surroundings forth an overpowering checklist of evidence to be memorized, this ebook engages readers with a desirable account of the connections among human anatomy and a wide range of clinical disciplines, weaving within the most recent advances in developmental and evolutionary biology, comparative morphology, and organic engineering.

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Let me emphasise that I am not criticizing any of these texts as being inadequate, quite the reverse. I owe much to them and to many others not cited. In fact, all these other books would be most valuable when used alongside the current text. I am, however, trying to emphasize differences from the approach adopted here. 5 What is My Hope for My Readers? One hope is that this book will introduce the student to the use of the scientific underpinnings of human anatomy as the major rationale for understanding it.

The deformation is multiplied many times to allow the reader to see it. What shipwright would try to understand a ship by taking it to pieces, rivet by rivet? Shipwrights know how a ship is built starting from plans (development). They improve a ship by assessing what features of the ship worked last time (adaptation). They understand the differences in ships built for different purposes (comparison). They realize the importance of communications mechanisms in ships, so enormously elaborated in these days of electronics and computers (integration).

When these texts did go into function, they usually did it through anatomical inference, an estimation of what function the anatomy could allow, not a discovery of what it actually sustained. ) But a new functional morphology has evolved that is resulting in a far greater understanding of the ‘mechanics’ of anatomical structures. It recognizes ‘optimization’ in anatomical structures. It is shaped by ‘limiting factors’ of function. It can ‘integrate’ many different aspects. Though mostly worked out in other species, it too can be applied specifically in the understanding of human structural adaptations.

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