Human Anatomy Lab Manual
Copyright Year: 2018
ISBN 13: 978-0-9898878-2-3
Publisher: Mavs Open Press
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A good introduction to anatomy in a one-semester laboratory class. Contains separate vocabulary lists for each lab at the end for easy reference and self-testing. read more
A good introduction to anatomy in a one-semester laboratory class. Contains separate vocabulary lists for each lab at the end for easy reference and self-testing.
There are no errors that I could find while reviewing the text.
The only issue I can foresee regarding relevance is that many institutions, for various reasons, are curtailing dissections or doing away with them altogether in favor of 3D medical apps such as Visible Body, and the author includes several dissections (brain, eye, heart, lung, and kidney) as part of her six-station lab arrangement. Including an alternate station activity may be a good idea for these labs.
Text is very readable for an undergraduate student, and lab introductions give a clear overview of the system covered and include anatomical terms covered in the lab.
Most labs are set up the same way, with a pre-lab assignment, introduction, lab activities with six "stations" where students learn new material, and post-lab assignment. Lab 3 (Nervous System) and Lab 6 (Respiratory System) don't contain pre-lab activities, which I find odd since these are very content-heavy labs that would benefit from students learning material before coming to class.
The manual is divided well into individual labs that serve as self-contained units (normally one day a week during fall/spring semesters).
The book is organized well overall. I thought it odd to put the muscular system with the integumentary system in Lab 10 and thought that stretching the nervous system into three different labs (Labs 3, 4, and 5) was a bit excessive - I would personally condense this system into two labs, and let the integumentary system and muscular system have individual labs earlier in the semester. (The traditional order for anatomy labs tends to be: introduction - histology - integumentary system - skeletal system - muscular system - nervous system - internal organ systems, but the order should reflect the order of the material presented in the lecture course.)
The text is free of interface issues, and I saw no evidence of navigation problems, distortion, or other distracting/confusing features.
The text has no grammatical errors that I can see.
The pictures of humans in which race/ethnicity are distinguishable are all pictures of individuals of European descent. No way to distinguish male skeletons from female skeletons was mentioned. No way to distinguish the skin of European-descended individuals from the skin of people of color was mentioned.
I really like the layout - I've found from experience that assigning both pre-labs and post-labs does wonders for vocabulary retention. I also like breaking down the lab activities into stations so students aren't too overwhelmed with too much information at once, and don't get bored or restless as they circulate around the room. It's a good way to make sure they stay in class for the entire three hours. Some of the pictures are a little smaller than I would like them - perhaps you could enlarge them to a half page/entire page for better clarity/easier labeling by students. I'm also in favor of less structures being labeled, or even no structures being labeled in pre-lab assignments, so students have to put in the work and they get the vocabulary in their heads before class. Overall, a nice manual, though!
Table of Contents
- Lab 1: Anatomical Language
- Lab 2: Bones and Bone Markings
- Lab 3: Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves
- Lab 4: Brain and Cranial Nerves
- Lab 5: Special Senses
- Lab 6: Respiratory System
- Lab 7: The Cardiovascular system
- Lab 8: Digestive System
- Lab 9: Urinary and Reproductive Systems
- Lab 10: The Muscular and Integumentary systems
About the Book
This is a lab manual for a college-level human anatomy course. Mastery of anatomy requires a fair amount of memorization and recall skills. The activities in this manual encourage students to engage with new vocabulary in many ways, including grouping key terms, matching terms to structures, recalling definitions, and written exercises. Most of the activities in this manual utilize anatomical models, and several dissections of animal tissues and histological examinations are also included. Each unit includes both pre- and post-lab questions and six lab exercises designed for a classroom where students move from station to station. The vocabulary terms used in each unit are listed at the end of the manual and serve as a checklist for practicals.
About the Contributors
Dr. Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak has taught human anatomy and human physiology courses for 30 years to medical and nursing students, and currently to undergraduate students at University of Texas at Arlington. She holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Warsaw Medical University. Ever since she discovered her father’s anatomical fold-out “manikin” as a child, Dr. Wilk has has been enamored by all aspects of the human body. In addition to teaching, she loves old medical illustration and never misses the chance to see them in museums when she travels.