Anatomy & Physiology

An introduction for nursing and healthcare

Pamela Minett, Laura Ginesi

Price: £27.99 , $41.99, €33.59

VIP Price: £19.59. Join the VIP Club now

In Stock

Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 14, 2020

Pages: 416 pages

ISBN: 9781908625731 Related titles: ,

Other editions available: Ebook


An accessible text which covers the essentials of anatomy and physiology required by a range of health professions.

Anatomy & Physiology is the ideal introduction to the subject for student nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners, paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, trainee nursing associates, and other allied health professionals.

Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book helps readers to:

  • learn the language of anatomy and physiology by explaining new terms clearly in the text and in a comprehensive glossary
  • understand the key anatomical structures and physiological functions
  • appreciate what happens during disease, with boxes throughout to highlight the clinical relevance, and more detailed explanations of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and cancer
  • apply this knowledge in healthcare contexts

Bonus online material
The following material to accompany the book is provided free of charge online:

  • four additional chapters to help readers extend their knowledge
  • a variety of self-assessment questions for every chapter

Simply click on the ‘resources’ tab above to access this material

By far the best anatomy and physiology textbook I’ve come across to date. Amazon 5-star review

Inspection Copies
Inspection copies are provided free of charge to lecturers teaching an appropriate course and are supplied electronically in the first instance. To request an inspection copy please complete the electronic inspection copy form.

The clear, reader-friendly presentation will aid understanding of a subject which is often viewed as challenging but is essential throughout a healthcare career.

Preface; Acknowledgements; About the authors; Acronyms and abbreviations; How to use this book
1 Introduction
2 Histology
3 The skin
4 The musculoskeletal system
5 The cardiovascular system
6 The respiratory system
7 The digestive system
8 The urinary system
9 The nervous system
10 The sensory system
11 The endocrine system
12 The reproductive systems
13 The human genome
14 Immunity
15 Disease
16 Multisystem disorders
Glossary; Figure acknowledgements; Index

Supplementary chapters available online at
17 Physiological measurements
18 Principles of drug action
19 Nutrition
20 Biochemistry

‘I think it’d be a brilliant book for anyone beginning nursing or any allied health profession course come to that. A great introduction to absolutely everything!’
Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University

‘The book is sincerely brilliant and exceeded my expectations. It is a wonderful addition to my nursing book library, one that I will definitely be referring to regularly... The tone is just right coming from a student point of view. It isn’t too complicated but delivers the content perfectly. It has a balanced, explanatory tone that I think is appropriate for all stages of the degree.’
Of the content: ‘This book allows you to go into as much depth as you want to. You have a choice to explore further because of the added boxes at the sides and the added online content.’
Of the illustrations: ‘The images and text are consistently approached in a logical way and given the space they need. They are a good size, colourful, easy to understand and well labelled to refer back to text and follow too. It can be so difficult to try and visualise certain aspects of anatomy and physiology. The authors have captured these brilliantly.’
Of the boxes in the margin: ‘I think this is a brilliant feature. Especially expansion for common terms or abbreviations, I think this is a really useful way of incorporating it altogether, for example in the respiratory section box 6.14 mentions “RR or ‘Resps’”. I haven’t come across another book that has done that in this way before.’
Of the online self-assessment questions: ‘Personally, I really like to be able to test by knowledge this way and I think that these sort of MCQ’s would have been really useful for when I did my A&P exam in my first year. I know other courses have A&P exams so I can see this free feature being really valuable to students. The critical thinking option is brilliant for further learning too. I can see how this could be really useful for classroom work and discussion.’
Student, Sheffield Hallam University

‘I have to say everything about the book is excellent, from the layout, the clear concise text, the brilliant illustrations and the ease of using the website. Health professionals should find this book an invaluable resource, I just wish it had been published when I was training.’
Senior sister, Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

‘It has really enhanced my studying and allowed me to enjoy using this book as a study source. As a student, it can be so daunting to use A&P books to aid studying as I personally spend so much time trying to mentally translate text into an alternative which makes more sense.
I also feel that the balance [between accessibility and authoritativeness] achieved within this book also replicates the balance demonstrated and expected by my university.’
Student, Robert Gordon University

‘I find the illustrations a particularly effective aspect of this text as they succinctly illustrate certain anatomical and physiological aspects which can be difficult to visualise and explain via words.
This text is written in an accessible and succinct way, allowing students to learn the key aspects of anatomy and physiology without getting bogged down in superfluous explanations, bolstered by its fantastic use of graphical aids.’
Student, Edge Hill University

‘Such an excellent book. As a third year even I find it a great understanding level. Love the comments around neonatal/child. I haven’t seen that in another book other than my child A&P books! I find this such a useful resource and easy to follow and a thoroughly enjoyable book!’
Student, UCLan

‘The contents page is divided into a simple contents and more detailed contents, which makes navigating the book easy and feel less overwhelming... and I especially like the ‘how to learn anatomy and physiology’ section.
There are clear and simple illustrations throughout the book that don’t overwhelm the reader. Often diagrams can be used too often but I think the balance is just right in this book. I also found the blue boxes in the margins helpful, as they added information that was ‘good to know’.
I absolutely love the supplementary chapters online. It saves the need to purchase several different books which can be confusing. This ties everything together nicely. The format of the online pages is also accessible, with plenty of white space and good use of diagrams. I feel like my 3rd year will be made a little simpler with access to these chapters. The online self-assessments are very useful too.’
Student, University of York

‘I feel this is an essential book for anyone studying nursing or healthcare.
I think it exceeds the more complicated textbooks as it is much easier to read but doesn’t compromise on content or information... in fact the content is above and beyond some of the other textbooks without all the jargon.
The book covers everything for a A and P module on any nursing and healthcare course... I really like the extra content too especially the ‘Principles of drug actions’.
The boxes are a stand-out feature and are really useful especially if you want additional information or to understand more about a subject. The information is relevant and up to date.
[The self-assessment questions] are so useful as these are the format used in the A and P module exam and I like the additional methods of assessment too as always useful for a chance to consolidate learning and understanding. Really useful content and many other A and P books do not have this facility of assessing knowledge and understanding.
This book will be one I read and read and read.’
Student, University of Huddersfield

‘I think [the book] could be a useful resource for our OT students. It very much reflects the content of one of our modules and the layout and diagrams are helpful and clear.’
Senior Lecturer in OT, UCLan

‘I can honestly say that this is a book that we have been waiting for a while.
I love its relatedness and its relevance – the language used is easy to read and to understand; the use of diagrams and real-life photos aids understanding; the cross referencing between different systems demonstrates how the body works in a unified way; the case examples are contemporary and relevant to all fields of nursing; and the blend of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology result in a format that is very applied and supportive of the relevance of understanding A&P in nursing practice.’
Course Director for LD Nursing, UEA

‘The book is a great introductory A&P text for all health disciplines at pre-reg level and the content is comprehensive, but not overwhelming.
I would say that it is also a good revision textbook for post-reg and experienced clinicians in that it is a visually pleasing textbook, written in clear & simple terms. The authors have to be commended on their articulation of some complex systems.’
Senior Lecturer, School of Community Health and Midwifery, UCLan

‘I really enjoy the presentation of the book and the online chapters are a great addition.
The book really allows links for all fields of nursing practice to be made across the topic of biosciences for healthcare students. The pharmacology chapter in particular really supports all students and clinical backgrounds. It also is a very useful refresher for students going on to study a prescribing qualification. The illustrations are great, along side the boxes and taking it further notes. The self assessment questions are also very good for students to test themselves.’
Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

‘I liked the illustrations, they were clear, colourful, and not too information-heavy, making each one easier to understand... The white background, simply text boxes, and colourful illustrations were aesthetically pleasing.
The online assessments are REALLY helpful and I am also glad that these assessments are online as you can print them off or look at them separately to the book to really test your knowledge!’
Student, University of York

‘The logical structure makes for ease of reading and enables the reader to get a good depth and understanding of the content... there is a good balance between authoritativeness and accessibility and this reinforces the principles and expectations demonstrated by my University provider too. One of the more ‘easy reading’ and less ‘full on’ academic texts surrounding A&P I have read.
Some of the clearest diagrams I have witnessed in academic literature... extremely effective in supporting otherwise tricky to visualise concepts.
I really enjoyed engaging with the additional resources online and felt that they enabled me to do just what it said on the tin so to speak and complete a self-assessment.’
Student, University of Brighton

‘I believe this book is one of the best Anatomy and Physiology books I have read. Having been in the medical field for a number of years I have read a fair few and I would recommend this above some of the regular ones recommended.
The combination of real medical images as well as illustrations is brilliant and puts everything into perspective. I am a very visual learner and this makes everything make sense. The illustrations are very clear and easy to examine.
[The online self-assessment questions] are so useful. I like to test my knowledge and I think for some students this asserts their knowledge base and allows them to realise what they have managed to learn.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to colleagues and fellow students. One of the most common errors in medical textbooks is that the authors assume a certain level of knowledge and if you do not meet that level the words just all merge and you don’t learn much other than confusing yourself more. This book, however, sets a level for all levels of learning and you take from it what you want.
This book has become my new best friend in terms of anatomy and physiology textbooks.’
Student, University of East Anglia

'I found the book excellent, clear and well laid out with enough information for student nurses without being overwhelming. I will be recommending it to students for next year.'
Lecturer, Queen Margaret University

Self-assessment questions Chapter 1 Introduction
Self-assessment questions Chapter 2 Histology
Self-assessment questions Chapter 3 The skin
Self-assessment questions Chapter 4 The musculoskeletal system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 5 The cardiovascular system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 6 The respiratory system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 7 The digestive system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 8 The urinary system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 9 The nervous system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 10 The sensory system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 11 The endocrine system
Self-assessment questions Chapter 12 The reproductive systems
Self-assessment questions Chapter 13 The human genome
Self-assessment questions Chapter 14 Immunity
Self-assessment questions Chapter 15 Disease
Self-assessment questions Chapter 16 Multisystem disorders
Chapter 17 Physiological measurements
Chapter 18 Principles of drug action
Chapter 19 Nutrition
Chapter 20 Biochemistry

You may also like…