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Update: Laboratory Exercises in Anatomy and Physiology with Cat Dissections, 8th Edition

  • Robert Amitrano Bergen Community College
  • Gerard Tortora Bergen Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1133365477  |  ISBN-13: 9781133365471
  • 702 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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Known for its clear descriptions and art program, this lab manual examines every structure and function of the human body. It features dissection of the cat, numerous physiological experiments, and an emphasis on the study of anatomy through histology. In addition to a large variety of illustrations, helpful learning support includes lists of appropriate terms accompanying art, numerous photomicrographs and specimen photos, phonetic pronunciations and derivations of terms, diagrams of lab equipment, and lab report questions and report templates. An instructor's guide is available and provides detailed information for instructors about needed materials, suggestions, and answers to questions.

Features and Benefits

  • Clear art program with detailed anatomical drawings, diagrams, photographs, photomicrographs, and scanning electron micrographs that show students how the structures of the body actually look. Diagrams and photos that are larger and clearer than the previous edition so students can easily understand the concepts visually.
  • The most up to date anatomical terminology, with phonetic pronunciations and derivations.
  • Supplies students with pictures of common laboratory equipment and signage.
  • Laboratory report forms follow each exercise and may be completed and turned in for grading.
  • An ongoing emphasis on laboratory safety.
  • Combines the use of text, art, activities, report writing and thinking skills in the most interactive environment possible, providing a powerful learning experience.

Table of Contents

Laboratory Safety.
Commonly Used Laboratory Equipment.
Pronunciation Key.
A. Compound Light Microscope.
Introduction to the Human Body.
A. Anatomy and Physiology. B. Levels of Body Organization. C. Systems of the Body. D. Life Processes. E. Homeostasis. F. Anatomical Position and Regional Names. G. External Features of the Body. H. Directional Terms. I. Planes of the Body. J. Body Cavities. K. Abdominopelvic Regions. L. Abdominopelvic Quadrants. M. Dissection of White Rat.
A. Cell Parts. B. Organelles. C. Diversity of Cells. D. Movement of Substances Across and Through Plasma Membranes. E. Extracellular Materials. F. Cell Division.
A. Epithelial Tissue B. Connective Tissue. C. Membranes.
Integumentary System.
A. Skin. B. Hair. C. Glands. D. Nails. E. Homeostasis of Body Temperature.
Bone Tissue.
A. Functions of Bone. B. Structure of a Long Bone. C. Histology of Bone. D. Chemistry of Bone. E. Bone Formation: Ossification. F. Bone Growth. G. Fractures. H. Types of Bones. I. Bone Surface Markings.
A. Bones of Adult Skull. B. Sutures of Skull. C. Fontanels of Skull. D. Paranasal Sinuses of Skull. E. Vertebral Column. F. Vertebrae. G. Sternum and Ribs. H. Pectoral (Shoulder) Girdles. I. Upper Limbs. J. Pelvic (Hip) Girdle. K. Lower Limbs. L. Articulated Skeleton. M. Skeletal System of Cat.
A. Kinds of Joints. B. Fibrous Joints. C. Cartilaginous Joints. D. Synovial Joints. E. Knee Joint. F. Principal Joints of the Body.
Muscular Tissue.
A. Types of Muscular Tissue. B. Structure of Skeletal Muscle Tissue. C. Contraction of Skeletal Muscle Tissue. D. Laboratory Tests on Skeletal Muscle Contraction. E. Biochemistry of Skeletal Muscle Contraction. F. Electromyography. G. Cardiac Muscle Tissue. H. Smooth Muscle Tissue
Muscular System
A. How Skeletal Muscles Produce Movement. B. Arrangement of Fascicles. C. Naming Skeletal Muscles. D. Connective Tissue Components. E. Principal Skeletal Muscles. F. Composite Muscular System. G. Dissection of Cat Muscular System.
Surface Anatomy
A. Head. B. Neck. C. Trunk. D. Upper Limb (Extremity). E. Lower Limb (Extremity).
Nervous Tissue.
A. Nervous System Divisions. B. Histology of Nervous Tissue. C. Histology of Neuroglia. D. Neuronal Circuits. E. Reflex Arc. F. Demonstration of Reflex Arc.
Nervous System.
A. Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves. B. Brain. C. Cranial Nerves: Names and Components. D. Tests of Cranial Nerve Function. E. Dissection of Nervous System. F. Autonomic Nervous System.
Sensory Receptors and Sensory and Motor Pathways.
A. Characteristics of Sensations. B. Classification of Receptors. C. Receptors for Somatic Senses. D. Tests for Somatic Senses. E. Somatic Sensory Pathways. F. Olfaction. G. Gustation. H. Vision. I. Hearing and Equilibrium. J. Sensory-Motor Integration. K. Somatic Motor Pathways.
Endocrine System.
A. Endocrine Glands. B. Pituitary Gland (Hypophysis). C. Thyroid Gland. D. Parathyroid Glands. E. Adrenal (Suprarenal) Glandx. F. Pancreatic Islets. G. Testes. H. Ovaries. I. Pineal Gland. J. Thymus Gland. K. Other Endocrine Tissues.
A. Components and Origin of Blood. B. Plasma. C. Red Blood Cells. D. Red Blood Cell Tests. E. White Blood Cells. F. White Blood Cell Tests. G. Platelets. H. Drawings of Blood Cells. I. Blood Grouping (Typing).
A. Location and Surface Projection of Heart. B. Pericardium. C. Heart Wall. D. Chambers and Great Vessels of Heart. E. Valves of Heart. F. Blood Supply of Heart. G. Dissection of Sheep Heart.
Blood Vessels.
A. Arteries and Arterioles. B. Capillaries. C. Venules and Veins. D. Circulatory Routes. E. Blood Vessel Exercise. F. Dissection of Cat Cardiovascular System.
Cardiovascular Physiology.
A. Cardiac Conduction System and Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). B. Cardiac Cycle. C. Cardiac Cycle Experiments. D. Heart Sounds. E. Pulse Rate. F. Blood Pressure (Auscultation Method).
Lymphatic and Immune System.
A. Lymphatic Vessels. B. Lymphatic Tissues. C. Lymph Circulation. D. Dissection of Cat Lymphatic System.
Respiratory System.
A. Organs of the Respiratory System. B. Dissection of Cat Respiratory System. C. Dissection of Sheep Pluck. D. Laboratory Tests on Respiration. E. Laboratory Tests Combining Respiratory and Cardiovascular Interactions.
Digestive System.
A. General Organization of Digestive System. B. Organs of Digestive System. C. Dissection of Cat Digestive System. D. Deglutition. E. Observation of Movements of the Gastrointestinal Tract. F. Physiology of Intestinal Smooth Muscle. G. Chemistry of Digestion.
Urinary System.
A. Organs of Urinary System. B. Dissection of Cat Urinary System. C. Dissection of Sheep (or Pig) Kidney. D. Urine. E. Urinalysis.
pH and Acid-Base Balance.
A. The Concept of pH. B. Measuring pH. C. Acid-Base Balance. D. Acid-Base Imbalances.
Reproductive Systems.
A. Organs of Male Reproductive System. B. Organs of Female Reproductive System. C. Dissection of Cat Reproductive Systems. D. Dissection of Fetus-Containing Pig Uterus.
A. Spermatogenesis. B. Oogenesis. C. Embyronic Period. D. Fetal Period.
Appendix A: Some Important Units of Measurement.
Appendix B: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix C: Eponyms Used in This Laboratory Manual.
Figure Credits.

What's New

  • Updated and revised diagrams throughout the manual include the most up to date anatomical nomenclature.
  • Expanded coverage includes more spinal somatic reflex tests, a description of the Trigeminothalamic Pathway, and a more complete listing of skeletal muscles.
  • Revised blood vessel tables better describe distribution and clinical usage in Chapter 18.


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Instructor Supplements

Update Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133593194 | ISBN-13: 9781133593195)

The Instructor's Manual is designed to make assigning labs even simpler. This manual is organized into four principal sections; materials needed, suggested audiovisual materials, answers to illustrations and questions, and answers to laboratory report questions.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert Amitrano

Robert Amitrano, the Biological Coordinator at Bergen Community College, teaches human anatomy and physiology, human biology, comparative anatomy and embryology. He is a colleague of Gerard Tortora's, and has worked on prior editions of that market leading Human Anatomy and Physiology text and continues to update and enhance the Lab Manual that supports Tortora┬┐s text. Robert Amitrano has also twice received awards from Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Gerard Tortora

Gerard J. Tortora teaches at Bergen Community College. He is the well-known author of the best-selling and highly praised PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY, Tenth Edition published by John Wiley & Sons.