Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners: A Homeostatic Approach, Third Edition, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners

A Homeostatic Approach, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By John Clancy, Andrew McVicar


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The third edition of Physiology and Anatomy for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners: A homeostatic approach presents homeostasis as a dynamic concept that provides the basis for understanding health and well-being. It recognises how failure to respond to homeostatic disturbances results in imbalances responsible for signs and symptoms of ill-health, and describes how healthcare interventions seek to reverse those imbalances.

Accompanied by colour illustrations and a description of related anatomy, the book provides an integrated explanation of body functioning. It discusses the organisation of the human body, main features and processes that must be controlled for health, the organ systems that act as homeostatic regulators, and effectors of homeostatic regulation. It also discusses influences on homeostasis and provides case studies that place examples of ill health and health care into the context of homeostasis.

Features of the third edition include:

  • An overview of microbiology and principles of infection management
  • Expanded information on pharmacological principles and actions of the major classes of drugs
  • Expanded discussion on physiological functions in relation to specific pathologies
  • Updates on how the Human Genome project has impacted healthcare
  • Additional case studies to illustrate the healthcare provider’s role as an external agent of homeostatic control
  • Photographs of common clinical conditions
  • Access to an accompanying website with supplemental information

An essential physiology and anatomy text, this book guides readers through the basic structure and functions of the body systems to more complex issues of clinical disorders and healthcare practice. Coverage includes the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems as well as skeletal muscle, embryo development, and circadian rhythms.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to The Human Body

Introduction to Physiology and Homeostasis

Cell and Tissue Functions

The Skeleton

The Need for Regulation

Chemical Reactions In Cells: Fundamentals Of Metabolism

Nutrients and Nutrition

Body Fluids

Sensing Change and Coordinating Responses

The Senses

The Nervous System

The Endocrine System

Effectors Of Homeostasis

The Digestive System

The Cardiovascular System 1: Blood

The Cardiovascular System 2: Heart and Circulation

The Lymphatic System, Immunity and Microbiology

The Respiratory System

The Kidneys and Urinary Tract

The Skin

Skeletal Muscle: Posture and Movement

The Reproductive Systems

Influences On Homeostasis

Genes In Embryo Development and Ageing



Circadian Rhythms

Healthcare Practice: A Homeostatic Approach


Case 1. Introduction: Healthcare Practitioners as External Agents of Homeostatic Control

Case 2. The Case of a Woman with Breast Cancer

Case 3. The Case of a Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Case 4. The Case Of A Child With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes – Type 1

Case 5. The Case of a Boy Who Is Obese

Case 6. The Case of a 25-Year-Old Man Undergoing Emergency Surgery

Case 7. The Case of a Woman with Cataracts

Case 8. The Case of a Woman with Depression

Case 9. The Case of a Woman with Hypothyroidism

Case 10. The Case of an Infant with Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis

Case 11. The Case of a Woman with Deep Vein Thrombosis (VT)

Case 12. The Case of a Woman with Myocardial Infarction

Case 13. The Case of the Young Man with Symptomatic HIV/AIDS

Case 14. The Case of a Boy with Asthma

Case 15. The Case of a Man Presenting for Haemodialysis

Case 16. The Case of Cassius, a Febrile Toddler

Case 17. The Case of a Person with Impaired Mobility Following a Stroke

Case 18. The Case of a Man with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Case 19. The Case of a Family with Huntington’s disease

Case 20. The Case of a 53-Year-Old Man Undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Case 21. The Cases Of (A) A Woman with Occupational Hyperstress, and (B) A Man with Occupational Hypo stress

Case 22. The Case Of A Man With Learning Disabilities Leaving A Long-Stay Hospital


Appendix A Units Of Measurements

Appendix B Blood Values and Urinalysis

Appendix C Common Prefixes, Suffixes and Roots

Appendix D Symbols and Common Clinical Abbreviations

About the Authors

John Clancy is a Lecturer in Human Applied Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Andrew McVicar is a Reader the Department of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Faculty of Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / General