Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function, 6e (Physiotherapy Essentials)

Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function, 6e (Physiotherapy Essentials)

Author: Nigel Palastanga MA BA FCSP DMS DipTP

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone


Publish Date: September 13, 2012

ISBN-10: 0702053082

Pages: 640

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

In this sixth edition of Anatomy and Human Movement, we have made a number of small but significant changes, mainly to the text, which are designed to further improve the usefulness of this already successful book. In this edition, there have been further improvements to the illustrations and we have added some new illustrations. Where possible, structures such as ligaments or cartilage have been coloured the same throughout the book, in an attempt to further enhance the clarity of illustrations. The book has progressed a long way since the first edition in 1989 when only black and white was used throughout the text.

As regards the content, we have continued to engage with the community of users of the book, namely, students, teachers, practitioners, and have responded to yet more suggestions. As a result of this very positive feedback, there has been some minor reordering within the text and expansion of some sections, namely those on joint replacement.

The use of Summary Boxes at the end of various sections has been retained: they are intended to be used as a quick aid to revision when the majority of the subject area has been learned, but feedback suggests that some will use them to get a general overview before starting to tackle the detailed text. Helping individuals to understand, remember and apply anatomy has always been the prime purpose of this book.

In response to the advances in the range of electronic aids to learning, the sixth edition also gives automatic access (unlocked by the unique PIN found on the inside front cover) to the e-book via Pageburst, allowing users to quickly search the entire book, make notes, add highlights and study more efficiently. In addition to this, the authors have helped create a separate five-hour modular e-learning course in functional human anatomy. At present, this is only available for purchase by universities and other institutions. This is presented in short lesson chunks following the body’s regional structure – ideal for the student to study at their own pace and time and the lecturer to assign accordingly. Learning is delivered via outcome measures, animation, video, quizzes, activity analyses and exams.

Whether the book is being used by undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturers or practitioners, the changes and additions made to this edition are designed to make it even more useful to your learning, teaching or practice. Changes to the way education is managed and delivered require students and educators to be flexible in their learning. It is recognized that most learning takes place outside the classroom, and this requires the provision of high-quality material, both electronic and hard copy, to support learning wherever it is taking place. This edition of Anatomy and Human Movement and its accompanying electronic resources are designed to facilitate study in this new environment of varied learning spaces. The range of health professional groups using Anatomy and Human Movement has grown extensively over the past 22 years, with its use spreading to other groups interested in human movement, such as sports scientists.

Anatomy and Human Movement has been written by authors experienced in teaching living anatomy and human movement. This remains the prime reason for producing the book, and whilst the authors visit dissecting rooms regularly, the appreciation of anatomy through the intact skin of a living person is fundamental to the practice of a number of professions. We hope that this sixth edition will provide the reader with stimulation that will aid their understanding and learning of anatomy and their ability to apply this knowledge to human movement.

Nigel Palastanga
Roger Soames


1. Introduction

2. The upper limb

3. The lower limb

4. The trunk and neck

5. Head and brain

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