Anatomy and physiology is one of the most important courses a student in the life sciences can take early in their university career. Not only does the subject help build valuable foundational knowledge of the human body, but it’s also an important prerequisite course for those looking to pursue a career in healthcare, kinesiology or nutrition.

We are constantly learning more about human anatomy and physiology—mapping the pathways of the human body and understanding the interactions between our different internal systems—and the results of cutting-edge medical research provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become food scientists, geneticists, biochemists and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date anatomy and physiology textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

Anatomy and Physiology in Context

1. Anatomy and Physiology in Context | Top Hat

Authors: John Redden (University of Connecticut) and Joseph F. Crivello (University of Connecticut)

In Top Hat’s textbook, introductory anatomy and physiology extends beyond the page with a virtual 3D human, videos that break down challenging concepts around physiological processes and real-world clinical case studies. A full set of slide decks is aligned to each chapter of the book and every deck comes with built-in, interactive questions, videos and eye-catching visuals.

Average Price: $84
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2. Human Anatomy & Physiology | Pearson

Authors: Elaine N. Marieb (Holyoke Community College) and Katja Hoehn (Mount Royal University)

The recently revised 11th edition of Pearson’s Human Anatomy & Physiology helps students comprehend terminology related to the human body, offers scenarios for readers to apply the information they’re learning and boasts visual roadmaps at the start of each chapter so students and teachers alike are aligned on the learnings they’ll encounter ahead. Online platform Mastering A&P sold separately.

Average Price: $222 (hardcover print text only)
Edition: 11th edition
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3. Principles of Anatomy & Physiology | Wiley

Authors: Gerard J. Tortora (Bergen Community College) and Bryan Derrickson (Valencia Community College)

The latest edition of this textbook offers illustrations and diagrams to solidify student learnings. Additional chapter questions provide students with touchpoints to think critically about the material and a glossary offers a list of anatomy and physiology terms for student consumption. Access to online interactive tool WileyPLUS sold separately.

Average Price: $168 (e-book only)
Edition: 15th edition
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4. Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function | McGraw-Hill

Author: Kenneth S. Saladin (Georgia College & State University)

With binder-ready pages and photographs and illustrations that help students comprehend the complex systems of the human body, McGraw-Hill’s tome also features question sets and learning tools that aim to aid knowledge retention. Access to online learning platform McGraw-Hill Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $249 (loose leaf only)
Edition: 8th edition
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Learn more and get a preview of Top Hat’s anatomy and physiology textbook here.