The following is a review of Dr. James Ross’ Human Anatomy & Physiology Course.
I am keenly interested in learning about human anatomy for my own personal education and promise to give an honest review of the course. I hope the details provided enable you to decide whether purchasing the product makes sense.
What Is the Human Anatomy & Physiology Course?
It’s a large but easy-to-navigate digital product divided into three core modules:
1. Human Anatomy & Physiology (7 subsections)
2. Drug & Pharmacology (5 subsections)
3. Nursing & Paramedic (11 subsections)
Most subsections represent a single document you can either view online or download as PDF. Some are compressed files (zip files) that you must download in order to access. (Dr. Ross also offers the entire digital product in one CD for an additional $19.95.)
Each subsection consists of a table of contents, an introduction, and lessons. The reader may wish to refer to the table of contents just to see where next to go. The first subsection of each module begins with an overview of the subject matter to be studied.
For instance, Nursing & Paramedic begins with the Nursing Care Main Module subsection, an overview (the most voluminous of the course) that requires downloading a zip file consisting of 5 separate PDF files: THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM, CARE OF THE SURGICAL PATIENT, SENSORY AND NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEMS, THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, THE GASTROINTESTINAL AND URINARY SYSTEM.
It’s a lot to learn, but it’s learnable. Be pleasantly forewarned: Dr. Ross doesn’t try to teach you. That would be impossible. Instead, he compels you to learn by caringly embedding critical exercises (and answers) into each subsection of each module. At the end of a lesson, he’ll prod you in the right direction: “After studying the assignment, complete the exercises at the end of this lesson. These exercises will help you to achieve the lesson objectives.” He’s right. If you don’t do the exercises, the odds are slim you’ll achieve the lesson objectives and master the material.
What kind of exercises should be anticipated?
After studying NURSING CARE RELATED TO THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, for example, exercises begin like this:
1. The upper respiratory system is composed of the ____________________,
______________________________ ,and __________________________ .
2. The bronchioles terminate in the ___________________________.
3. The organ of respiration is the _____________________________.
4. The layer of serous membrane that lines the chest cavity is called the
The answers include the precise page to which you can refer in order to brush up on something you may have answered incorrectly:
1. Nose, pharynx, larynx, and trachea. (para 2-2b)
2. Alveoli (or final air spaces). (para 2-3e)
3. Lung. (para 2-3f)
4. Parietal. (para 2-3f)
After studying DRUG DOSAGE AND THERAPY, for example, exercises begin like this:
1. For systematic effect, streptomycin is given by which of the following routes?
a. Any of the below
2. Which of the following untoward effects may occur with the use of streptomycin?
c. Loss of speech
d. Loss of sense of touch
Mind you, the course isn’t only about filling in blanks or doing multiple choice. Some exercises require you to express yourself in full sentences. For instance,
Why are fluids encouraged in-patients with a urinary tract infection?
The student must actively attack the exercises. This really is the only way to understand and absorb the material.
Just to mix things up, sometimes Dr. Ross actually BEGINS some subsections with exercises.
PHARMACOLOGY MATH FOR THE PRACTICAL NURSE is a subsection dedicated ENTIRELY to exercises.
What’s To Like About The Product?
For one, you don’t have to lug it around with all of your other textbooks! It’s easily accessible. You can bookmark the VIP Members Download Area on your computer, so you’re always one click away from locating the precise module and subsection that you wish to review. Since the course is in PDF format, it’s easy to scan through an entire document or documents for a key term. Click Ctrl F on your Windows computer (Command F for Mac), and you can find and read everything about the key term in an instant. If you want to test yourself on any given subject matter, jump to the page of the exercises, print it out, and test yourself.
You’ll APPRECIATE the tests and answers with reference pages. THEY ARE ESSENTIAL.
How Could The Product Be Improved?
Since the product is in PDF format with PDF page numbers, the table of contents of each subsection should also include the PDF page number. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Perhaps this is something Dr. Ross might consider if he ever revises the product. Or even better he might consider hyperlinking the reference page included in the answers of the exercises.
Overall, How Is The Product?
Human Anatomy & Physiology Course fuses elegantly the science of the human body with its myriad and unpredictable iterations; and it enables the student to master the subject matter through carefully generated exercises. It should satisfy anyone seeking a clearly written, well-organized bible on the most amazing invention on the planet: the human body.