Ross & Wilson has been a core text for students of anatomy and physiology for almost 60 years. This latest edition has been written to meet the needs of healthcare professionals, including nurses and students of nursing, the allied health professions and complementary therapies, many of whom have found previous editions invaluable. It retains the successful and straightforward approach to the description of body systems and how they work. The anatomy and physiology of health are supplemented by sections describing common age-related changes to structure and function, before the pathology and pathophysiology of some important disorders and diseases are considered.
The human body is presented system by system. The reader must, however, remember that physiology is an integrated subject and that, although the systems are considered in separate chapters, all function cooperatively to maintain health. The first three chapters provide an overview of the body and describe its main structures and fundamental processes. The later chapters are organised into three further sections, reflecting those areas essential for normal body function: communication; intake of raw materials and elimination of waste; and protection and survival. The revised and updated text is supported and illustrated with a rich array of newly redrawn figures, photographs and micrographs. (Ross & Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness 13th Edition; Anne Waugh, Allison Grant; Elsevier ; Preface: Page vii)