Anatomy Course Review

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The following is a review of Dr. James Ross’ Human Anatomy & Physiology Course.

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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.

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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
__________________ pleura.

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
b. Orally
c. Rectally
d. Intramuscularly

2. Which of the following untoward effects may occur with the use of streptomycin?

a. Deafness
b. Blindness
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.

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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.

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Home Study Program?

Are you an aspiring sports trainer, injury law attorney, medical practitioner, surgeon, or nurse?

If so, an inexpensive but comprehensive home study guide for learning all things about the human anatomy is worth considering.

What are the benefits of a home study program?

Educating ourselves in order to realize a successful career can be a challenging activity. Whether attending school or not, home study programs provide a much-needed edge for people seeking employment in fields which require mastery of a particular subject matter. It could be the key to attaining a licence or degree in your field of choice.

Are you interested in improving your knowledge so that perhaps one day you might even save a life, including your own?

If so, you may want to consider setting aside 5 minutes a day to learn about the stuff of which we’re made.

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Musing About Human Anatomy

Over time I’ve come to believe that there really is no such thing as teaching, only learning. “Read on. Read on.” is what a favorite mentor of mine always said when concluding class. He never suggested WHAT to read, though. And even if he had, the road taken–with its many twists and turns, illusory cul de sacs, and wormholes–would be no less convoluted.

The more you read, the more your intellectual travels begin to resemble an Aboriginal walkabout. You have no real idea of where you’re going, but you know you’re always on your way. One field of knowledge can send you to something partially related (or not), but as you continue the process, the connections leave you scratching your head and asking, “How did I get here?” So if someone were to tell me that my walkabout would take me to an ebook about human anatomy and the myriad of fields that relate to it, I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised. And I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed, for it’s an area I’ve always wanted to know more about, especially as I get older and the parts of which I’m made require more care and understanding than when I was young.

The irony is that not a book but my doubles partner in racquetball, Marc, led me to Dr. James Ross’ Human Anatomy & Physiology Course.

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That was when we were a bit younger.
See the picture of Marc’s knees now.

knee

His right knee looks like a tennis ball is stuck inside, and it’s not even a good picture. And it’s not even his bad knee! Weighing 250 pounds doesn’t help the situation either.

Fair warning: I’m no expert on the human anatomy or body parts. I’m not studying to be a chiropractor, medical practitioner, or nurse.
And until recently all that I did know about the human body and physiology was limited to my high school education (and dating).
Sure, I studied organs and parts of the body, but the knowledge was fleeting because it wasn’t remotely applicable or pertinent to a guy trying to get on the tennis team.

Marc needs surgery but wasn’t sure whom to trust. I wanted to help him find the best knee surgeon in the business and reached out to members of a private club of entrepreneurs to which I belong. One is an anesthesiologist who has worked with some of the best knee surgeons in the United States. We spoke over the phone. It was like listening to another language. The medical terms he used were beyond me. When he said “bursa”, I thought he meant to say “vice versa”. When he mentioned “epithelium”, I thought he was speaking in the dead language Latin.

Anyway, I was not only ashamed that I didn’t understand him fully but also kind of disappointed in myself. On the kitchen wall of my childhood home was a portrait with the words “SLAY IGNORANCE” written on it. It showed a warrior with a sword slaying a mighty dragon. I had some slaying to do.

So I went hunting for information about anatomy and found the Human Anatomy & Physiology Course online. I know now that the knee, protected by the patella, is a pulley by which the quads extend the leg. I also know so many new things I hadn’t planned on knowing, because this course is the ultimate walkabout. It’s broken down logically into three core modules:

1. Human Anatomy & Physiology Module:

HUMAN ANATOMY MAIN MODULE
PHYSIOLOGY MAIN MODULE
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY OVERVIEW
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY RELATED TO CLINICAL PATHOLOGY
MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM MODULE
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY MODULE
PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

2. Drug & Pharmacology Module:

DRUG DOSAGE AND THERAPY
PHARMACOLOGY I MODULE
PHARMACOLOGY II MODULE
PHARMACOLOGY III MODULE
PHARMACOLOGY MATH MODULE

3. Nursing & Paramedic Modules :

NURSING CARE MAIN MODULE
NURSING FUNDAMENTALS
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
EAR, EYE, NOSE INJURIES GUIDE
HEMATOLOGY MODULE
INTRODUCTION TO THE OPERATING ROOM
MYCOLOGY MODULE
OBSTETRIC AND NEWBORN CARE I
OBSTETRICS AND NEWBORN CARE II
STERILE PROCEDURES
SPECIAL SURGICAL PROCEDURES II

Did you know that the practical nurse exists not only to provide care and to manage and file data but also to be a soldier if necessary (literally!) and to react to whatever situation that arises–in short, that the practical nurse is a leader? How totally honorable, I thought.

nurse

I’ve gone through the modules Dr. James Ross presents in his ebook, some more cursorily than others, so it’s easy to see how this body of work can apply to so many possible careers and professions, which Dr. Ross correctly emphasizes.

However, Dr. Ross fails to emphasize this: Human Anatomy & Physiology Course is also ideal for people who simply want to improve themselves. Why not learn about the human anatomy, physiology, nerves, the skeletal system, pharmacology, how diseases are spread (epedemiology), pulmonary resuscitation procedures, and even about gout or Morton’s neuroma (the latter with which this author is presently afflicted)?

The tests he includes are excellent for reinforcing what you’ve read. Always at the right time he throws an exercise at you to see if you really know your stuff, to see if you’ve really focused on what you’ve read.

A seasoned surgeon may know how to diagnose the correct treatment for a patient who accidentally got his foot stuck in his power lawn mower, but does he also know how to gauge the state of mind of the patient who’s about to have his foot removed (avulsion!)?

The practical nurse does!