Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Global Edition

Frederic H. Martini / Edwin F. Bartholomew  
Total pages
August 2020

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Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Global Edition

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For one-semester courses in anatomy & physiology.
Celebrated for its precise illustrations, emphasis on integration, and engaging clinical content, Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology is crafted especially for students with no prior knowledge of anatomy & physiology and little science background.
The 8th Edition guides students through tough A&P topics, helping them retain challenging content in the fast-paced one-semester A&P course. The new edition draws on the outstanding art and hallmark features from the text to create interactives and digital assets that walk students through complicated art and help them to understand difficult concepts. NEW Build Your Knowledge Interactives focus on how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis.


  • Spotlight Figures provide highly visual one- and two-page presentations of tough topics in the book, with a particular focus on physiology, that combine brief text with related figures and photos to communicate information in a visually effective and student-friendly format. The 8th Edition features at least one Spotlight Figure in every chapter along with a correlating Coaching Activity in Mastering A&P. Ten of the Spotlight Figures now also have accompanying videos in Mastering A&P and the eText.
  • Build Your Knowledge boxes and Integration Figures coach students through the toughest part of A&P—physiology. These sections refer back to previously learned concepts to remind students of what they already know before introducing new information. Sections appear throughout the chapter and feature corresponding Reading Questions and Coaching Activities in Mastering A&P.
  • 58 Build Your Knowledge reading questions are based on Build Your Knowledge sections in the text that appear throughout each chapter. Reading questions ensure that students have the background knowledge needed to work more deeply with new content presented in the chapter.
  • Clinical Notes appear within every chapter, expand upon topics just discussed, and present diseases and pathologies along with their relationship to normal function. These Clinical Notes relate directly to what students will encounter in their future careers. Corresponding questions are also assignable in Mastering A&P.
  • Step-by-Step Figures break down multifaceted processes into numbered step-by-step illustrations that coordinate with the authors’ narrative descriptions. These easy-to-follow sequences in the book are also featured in Instructor Resources in Mastering A&P for instructors to use in classroom presentations.

New to this Edition

Mastering A&P is not included. Students, if Mastering A&P is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN. Mastering A&P should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

  • 10 Spotlight Videos provide a narrated, annotated, and visually appealing encapsulation of key concepts. Based on one of the most popular features in the book, students can access each video in the Mastering A&P Study Area or etext, and instructors can assign the videos in Mastering A&P. Spotlight Videos include:
    • Inflammation and Regeneration
    • Synovial Joints
    • The Contraction Cycle
    • Refractive Problems
    • The Composition of Whole Blood
    • The Heart: Internal Anatomy and Blood Flow
    • Pulmonary Ventilation
    • Chemical Events in Digestion
    • A Summary of Kidney Function
    • Regulation of Female Reproduction
  • 11 Build Your Knowledge Interactives focus on how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Adapted from the end of chapter Build Your Knowledge Integration features in the text, Interactives can be manipulated by the students to explore the interrelationships of body systems.
  • Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience available within Mastering. It allows students to easily highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place–even when offline.
  • Updated - Practice Anatomy LabTM (PALTM 3.1) is now accessible and available on all mobile devices. PAL 3.1 is an indispensable virtual anatomy study and practice tool that gives students 24/7 access to the most widely used lab specimens including human cadavers, anatomical models, histology, cats, and fetal pigs. PAL 3.1 also includes multiple-choice quizzes and practice fill-in-the-blank lab practicals.
  • Customizable Practice Anatomy Lab (PAL) Flashcards allow students to create a personalized, mobile-friendly deck of flashcards and quizzes using images from PAL or using only the structures the instructor emphasizes in lecture or lab.
  • Expanded - Mobile-ready Interactive Physiology 2.0 tutorials teach students complex physiology processes using exceptionally clear animations, interactive tutorials, games, and quizzes. IP 2.0 features new graphics, quicker navigation, and are mobile-friendly for learning on the go. New topics include Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Glomerular Filtration.

Updated - PhysioExTM 10.0 Laboratory Simulations in Physiology provide newly formatted exercises in HTML for increased stability, web browser flexibility, and improved accessibility. The suite of more than 60 easy-to-use laboratory simulation activities complement or replace wet labs, including those that are expensive or time-consuming to perform in class.

Table of Contents

  • 1 An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • 2 The Chemical Level of Organization
  • 3 Cell Structure and Function
  • 4 The Tissue Level of Organization
  • 5 The Integumentary System
  • 6 The Skeletal System
  • 7 The Muscular System
  • 8 The Nervous System
  • 9 The General and Special Senses
  • 10 The Endocrine System
  • 11 The Cardiovascular System: Blood
  • 12 The Cardiovascular System: The Heart
  • 13 The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Circulation
  • 14 The Lymphatic System and Immunity
  • 15 The Respiratory System
  • 16 The Digestive System
  • 17 Metabolism and Energetics
  • 18 The Urinary System
  • 19 The Reproductive System
  • 20 Development and Inheritance
  • Glossary/Index

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