Book review: “Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology”
I vividly remember the time, just in my first year of studying Physiotherapy, that I had to open an anatomical textbook for the first time and learn the anatomy of the hip. As I read the text, cluttered with terms and nomenclature, I started feeling disillusioned more and more, wondering how I would ever be able to achieve even a basic understanding of human anatomy.
In their 2016 book “Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology”, Abrahamson & Langston have provided strategies for students who are learning anatomy to understand and remember the details, without losing sight of the bigger picture. For teachers, didactical approaches and tools are presented to pass along complex matter in a simple, understandable way.
Personally, I had my doubts about the book at first. Particularly the design choices triggered my scepsis: from the comparison between the nervous system and electrical wires, to socks with a print of the bony anatomy of the foot - really? But reading on, it became clear to me that this book is not an anatomical reference book in the traditional sense of the word.
The book is divided in clearly structured chapters, in which information is discussed in a straight to the point fashion, yet it only deals with actual anatomy in a superficial manner. So, if you’re looking for an in-depth discussion of the human anatomy and physiology, this is not the book for you.
What you should use this book for, is as a guide for studying beside a traditional anatomical textbook that is driving you nuts (like the one I mentioned in the first paragraph). Rather than about the theory itself, it is a user friendly metatheory of how to study anatomy and physiology, and not to get lost in details.