Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

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Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, M.D.
Montana State University
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Get clear descriptions of human anatomy and physiology - aimed at the level of the interested layperson.
  • numbers Explore the anatomy of organs and organ systems, then examine the physiology of systems when they function normally.
  • numbers Take a closer look at the most common clinical problems (pathologies) associated with major organ systems.
  • numbers Learn insights into fascinating systems including your cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.
  • numbers Probe the biology of human cancer and gain a greater understanding of this complicated set of diseases.

Course Overview

You live with it 24 hours a day. But how well do you really know it? These 32 lectures are your owner's manual to a remarkably complex, resilient, and endlessly fascinating structure: the human body. Your guide is Dr. Anthony A. Goodman—surgeon, professor, and writer—who takes you step by step through the major systems of the body, explaining exactly how things work and why they sometimes don't.

Using detailed color illustrations, life-sized models, and, in one lecture, a video shot during surgery, Dr. Goodman gives clear descriptions of structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) aimed at the level of the interested layperson.

"One can tell he has explained these topics to everyone from children to adults," an enthusiastic viewer wrote to The Teaching Company.

A Systems Approach

Dr. Goodman's approach differs from anatomy lab in medical school, with which he has extensive teaching experience. By necessity, medical students dissecting cadavers must study all of the organs in one area before moving on to the next. They simply cannot dissect the entire nervous system; then go back and dissect the vascular system; then, the gastrointestinal system; and so on.

By contrast, this course introduces anatomy by systems and depends on illustrations, not cadavers. Dr. Goodman correlates the findings in anatomy with the functioning of the normal human body, its physiology.

"A Gripping Page-Turner"

"The study of anatomy alone, without reference to both the normal and abnormal function of the human body, has little meaning," says Dr. Goodman. "However, when studied in the context of the exquisite and intricate relationships of anatomy to those normal processes that keep us alive and allow us to reproduce and evolve, the subject becomes a gripping page-turner."

Each lecture concentrates on a particular organ or organ system; for example, the heart. The following lecture then examines the physiology of the system, looking, for example, at a normally functioning heart. Finally, to make the connections even more meaningful, Dr. Goodman discusses the more common clinical problems that occur when something goes wrong, or the pathology of the organ or system. These clinical correlations make the course particularly valuable, since in real life not everything goes as planned.

What You Learn

  • Cardiovascular System: The course opens with the cardiovascular system, focusing on the heart in Lectures 1 and 2. You examine its different parts, their responsibilities, and how the processes can break down. Lectures 3 and 4 complete the cardiovascular system with descriptions of the anatomy and physiology of the great vessels of the body, including arteries, veins, and their relationships.
  • Respiratory System: Tied directly to the structure and function of the heart and great vessels is the respiratory system—covered in Lectures 5 and 6, which address the anatomy and physiology of the lungs.
  • Nervous System: The lectures continue with a look at the very reason for the existence of all the other organ systems: the nervous system. Lectures 7 and 8 explore the structure and function of the brain itself. Lecture 9 covers the anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Lecture 10 addresses the unconscious workings of the autonomic nervous system and all-important cranial nerves. In Lecture 11, you learn about the wonders of sight and the eye. In Lecture 12, you study the ears, hearing, and balance. Lecture 13 ends the discussion of the nervous system by examining memory, brain pathology, anesthesia, and pain.
  • Digestive System: Lectures 14 and 15 examine the anatomy and physiology of the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract—the mouth, esophagus, and stomach—continuing in Lectures 16 and 17 with the pancreas, liver, and the biliary tree. In Lectures 18 and 19 you learn about the anatomy and physiology of the small intestine, colon, and rectum.
  • Endocrine System: Dr. Goodman devotes three lectures to the endocrine system. In Lecture 20, you study the anatomy and physiology of the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands, then move on to cover the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine pancreas in Lecture 21. In Lecture 22, Dr. Goodman completes the analysis of the endocrine system with a look at the anatomy and physiology of the thyroid gland and the parathyroid glands.
  • Urinary System: Lectures 23 and 24 focus on the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
  • Reproductive System: In Lectures 25 and 26, Dr. Goodman discusses the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems. Lecture 27 covers genetic inheritance and its potential problems.
  • Musculoskeletal System: The next topic is the musculoskeletal system. Lecture 28 looks at the physiology and physics of the muscles. In Lecture 29, you examine the anatomy of specific muscle groups. Lecture 30 focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the skeleton.
  • Immune System: Lecture 31 addresses the structure and function of the body's major defense mechanism, the immune system.
  • Cancer: The course ends with a lecture on the biology of human cancer.

Comprehensive ... Humane ... Lighthearted

Dr. Goodman's teaching style is clear but comprehensive, objective but humane, learned but lighthearted. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College. After a surgical internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he completed his surgical training and chief residency at the Harvard Surgical Service of Boston City Hospital, New England Deaconess Hospital, Lahey Clinic, and Cambridge City Hospital.

Dr. Goodman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. Currently, he teaches gross anatomy at Montana State University in the W.W.A.M.I. Medical Sciences Program.

"While it is certain that this course will NOT prepare you for performing an emergency tracheotomy, a wilderness appendectomy, or an informal diagnosis of your neighbor's child's illness," says Dr. Goodman, "I hope it will excite and inflame an interest in your own body, its processes, and 'the ills that flesh is heir to.'"

Please Note:

These lectures are intended to increase the understanding of the structure and function of the human body. They are in no way designed to be used as medical references for the diagnosis or treatment of medical illnesses or trauma. Neither The Teaching Company nor Dr. Goodman can be responsible for any result derived from the use of this material. Questions of diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions must be brought to the attention of qualified medical personnel.

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32 lectures
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  • 1
    Cardiovascular System—Anatomy of the Heart
    This introductory lecture examines the anatomy of the fist-sized muscle that pumps blood through the body. We review the distinction between arteries and veins and discuss the location of the heart, its coverings, layers, and subdivisions. x
  • 2
    Cardiovascular System—Physiology of the Heart
    In this lecture, we examine the functioning of the cardiac cycle. We also examine the functioning of the heart's conduction system, the functioning of the valves (which produce the heart's distinctive "lub-dub" sound), and possible complications, notably atherosclerosis. x
  • 3
    Cardiovascular System—Anatomy of the Great Vessels
    This lecture examines the anatomy of the three vessel networks that circulate blood. We identify and describe the structure of the vessels that form these networks. Next, we examine the major circulatory routes for the blood: arterial and venous systemic circulation, pulmonary circulation, and hepatic portal circulation. x
  • 4
    Cardiovascular System—Physiology of the Great Vessels
    In this lecture, we examine the physiology of the large blood vessels—how they control blood flow, regulate blood pressure, and control bleeding when ruptured. We will also examine the composition of blood and the functions of each of its parts—plasma, white blood cells, and red blood cells. x
  • 5
    Respiratory System—Anatomy of the Lungs
    This lecture examines the anatomy of the respiratory system. After studying the integration of the respiratory system with the circulatory system, we review the anatomy of the structures through which air enters the body and passes into the lungs. x
  • 6
    Respiratory System—Physiology of the Lungs
    We turn now to the physiology of the respiratory system. We examine the four areas where respiration occurs and the consequences of blocking this respiration. We review the physiology of the movement of gases into the lungs and of their exchange with waste gases. Finally, we turn to the central respiratory centers, and we examine some respiratory disorders and their treatments. x
  • 7
    Nervous System—Anatomy of the Brain
    This is the first of seven lectures on the nervous system. We examine the anatomy of the brain—its principal components and its main anatomical divisions. Next we examine the divisions of the cerebrum and the functional areas of the cerebral cortex. x
  • 8
    Nervous System—Physiology of the Brain
    We turn now to the brain's physiology. After considering how the nervous and endocrine systems work together, we review the functions of the nervous system and of nervous tissue. The main divisions of the central and peripheral nervous systems are reviewed. Finally, we distinguish afferent from efferent nerves and describe the categories of cranial and spinal nerves. x
  • 9
    Nervous System—Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves
    This lecture examines the anatomy and functions of the spinal cord. We review the reflex arc, which allows the body to react rapidly to changes in the external environment. Finally, the lecture examines the categories and locations of the spinal nerves. x
  • 10
    Nervous System—Autonomic Nervous System and Cranial Nerves
    We begin this lecture by examining the autonomic nervous system, which controls the body's basic functions without conscious intervention by the higher brain centers. We distinguish between the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes rest and recovery, and the sympathetic nervous system, which promotes "fight and flight." Finally, we will review the 12 pairs of cranial nerves and their functions. x
  • 11
    Nervous System—The Eyes
    This lecture examines the eyes. We examine the anatomy of the eyeball, its coverings and functions, and the photoreceptors of the retina that allow us to perceive shades and colors of light. We also review the structure and functions of the lens, eyelids, lacrimal glands and ducts, and extrinsic eye muscles. Next, we consider how the eye perceives light and how the brain converts those perceptions into meaningful information. x
  • 12
    Nervous System—The Ears, Hearing, and Equilibrium
    We examine the anatomy of the organs of hearing: the external ear, the eardrum, the tympanic cavity, and the labyrinth. Next, the lecture reviews how these structures gather and transmit sound waves to the brain as nerve impulses. Finally, we examine the anatomy and functions of the vestibular apparatus, structures in the inner ear that govern balance. x
  • 13
    Nervous System—Memory
    This lecture examines memory and brain pathology and provides information about anesthesia and pain. First, we examine the nature, development, pathology, and mysteries of memory. We then examine kinds of damage to the brain and spinal cord and the results of such damage. We conclude by discussing anesthesia and referred pain. x
  • 14
    Digestive System—Anatomy of the Mouth, Esophagus, and Stomach
    This is the first lecture in a six-lecture examination of the digestive system. We examine the structures through which food passes before its conversion into nutrients for the body. We conclude by reviewing the four divisions of the stomach and its layers. x
  • 15
    Digestive System—Physiology of the Mouth, Esophagus, and Stomach
    Having studied the anatomy of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, we turn now to the processes of digestion, absorption of nutrients, and excretion of waste products. This lecture examines mechanical then chemical digestion. Next, we examine the three phases of gastric secretion, and the process of gastric emptying. Finally, we consider stomach and digestive disorders and their treatments. x
  • 16
    Digestive System—Anatomy of the Pancreas, Liver, and the Biliary Tree
    This lecture examines the anatomy of the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. First, we examine the gross and microscopic anatomy of the pancreas. We turn next to the liver. The location, size, and blood supply and routing of the liver are reviewed. Finally, the lecture examines the gallbladder and biliary tree—the duct system that drains bile from the liver into the gallbladder and the duodenum. x
  • 17
    Digestive System—Physiology of the Pancreas, Liver, and the Biliary Tree
    This lecture reviews the functions of the pancreas, the liver, and the biliary tree. The pancreas and liver secrete digestive juices and enzymes that aid in digestion and absorption. In this lecture, we review the components of the exocrine pancreas. After reviewing several pancreatic disorders, we turn to the liver and examine the various functions that it performs. We conclude with a review of common liver disorders. x
  • 18
    Digestive System—Anatomy of the Small Intestine, Colon, and Rectum
    We turn now to the anatomy of the organs in which nutrients and water are extracted for use by the body and by which the resulting waste material is excreted from the body. The small intestine is the organ in which most of the absorption of nutrients and water occurs. We review its anatomical divisions, blood supply, and microstructure. We turn next to the large intestine, or colon, which absorbs remaining water and transfers the feces to the rectum for excretion. x
  • 19
    Digestive System—Physiology of the Small Intestine, Colon, and Rectum
    This last lecture on the digestive system examines the physiology of the small and large intestines and the rectum. First, we examine mechanical and chemical digestion in the small intestine. We turn next to the large intestine or colon, examining the reflexes that move feces into and through the colon for excretion. Finally, we examine the physiology of defecation. x
  • 20
    Endocrine System—The Pituitary and Adrenal Glands
    This is the first of three lectures on the endocrine system, the glands that secrete hormones directly into spaces surrounding cells. We examine the functional differences between the endocrine and nervous systems, and the basic properties of hormones. Next, we look at the most important endocrine glands: the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and the adrenal glands. x
  • 21
    Endocrine System—Pancreas
    This lecture examines the endocrine functions of the pancreas. As an endocrine organ, the pancreas produces insulin and glucagon. After reviewing the four cell types composing the endocrine pancreas, the lecture examines in detail several insulin-related disorders: two principal types of diabetes mellitus and hyperinsulinism. x
  • 22
    Endocrine System—Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
    This lecture examines the thyroid gland and the parathyroid glands. For each, we briefly review the gross and microscopic anatomy, its physiology, and the consequences of dysfunction. Thyroid dysfunction can lead to cretinism, myxedema, Graves' disease, and other pathologies. Parathyroid dysfunction can lead to disorders including bony demineralization, high calcium levels, duodenal ulcers, kidney stones, and behavioral disorders. x
  • 23
    Urinary System—Anatomy of the Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder
    This is the first of two lectures on the urinary system. We examine the anatomy of the kidneys, the ureters, and the bladder. We consider the kidneys' major functioning unit—the nephron. The lecture concludes by reviewing the conduits through which urine passes before excretion from the body. x
  • 24
    Urinary System—Physiology of the Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder
    This concluding lecture on the urinary system examines the physiology of the urinary tract organs, especially the kidneys. The primary function of the urinary system is to maintain the body's homeostasis. This lecture focuses on the physiology of the nephron and how it filters many of the blood's components, reabsorbs some, and removes others. The lecture concludes by briefly reviewing the physiology of the ureters and bladder. x
  • 25
    Reproductive System—Male
    Lecture 25 is the first of three on the reproductive system. We examine the gross anatomy of the male reproductive system. The scrotum contains the testes, which produce spermatozoa. The lecture also reviews the functions of the prostate and Cowper's glands, the process of erection and ejaculation, and the composition of the semen. x
  • 26
    Reproductive System—Female
    This lecture reviews the female reproductive system. We begin by reviewing the anatomy of the external female genitalia, and the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Next we consider the physiology of the menstrual cycle, fertilization, and early pregnancy. Finally, we examine the anatomy and physiology of the breast, the risk factors and treatments for breast cancer. x
  • 27
    Reproductive System—Physiology of Genetic Inheritance
    This lecture examines the physiology of genetic inheritance. It begins by identifying the differences between DNA in somatic and germ cells and between genetic and inherited changes in cell DNA. Next, it distinguishes between types of cells and reviews allele inheritance and the sex chromosomes. We examine several developmental abnormalities related to digestion, respiration, and cardiovascular activity. x
  • 28
    Musculoskeletal System—Physiology and Physics of the Muscles
    In this lecture, we will examine the physiology and physics of the muscles. There are three kinds: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac. The muscles are innervated by motor neurons, which stimulate them to contract. Nerves connect with target muscles by means of a neurotransmitter, which conducts the electrical stimulation from the nerve to the muscle across the synaptic gap. The lecture concludes by examining the physics of muscle contraction. x
  • 29
    Musculoskeletal System—Anatomy of the Muscles
    In this lecture, we examine how muscles operate as levers in conjunction with the bones. We review the names of the muscles, as indicated by their size, shape, orientation of their fibers, mechanical action, number of origins, origin and insertion points, function, and location. x
  • 30
    Musculoskeletal System—Bones
    In this final lecture on the musculoskeletal system, we examine the divisions and functions of the skeletal system. First, we consider the gross anatomy of the bones, marrow cavity, blood supply, and surface markings. Next, we examine the cells that compose the bones. Finally, the lecture reviews kinds of bone fractures and their treatments. x
  • 31
    Immune System—Anatomy and Physiology
    This lecture examines the body's mechanisms for defense against invaders. The main components of the immune system are T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells, phagocytes, and major histocompatibility complex antigens. The lecture also examines the ability of B-cells and T-cells to memorize past immunological responses and reviews clinical applications: transplantation surgery, HIV/AIDS, and autoimmune disease. x
  • 32
    The Biology of Human Cancer
    In this lecture, we will examine the subject of cancer. We will see how the fragility that allowed us to evolve has saddled us with susceptibility to mutations that can cause cancer. We examine environmental causes of cancer: chemicals, physical agents, and biologic agents, as well as the mechanisms that lead to the basic definition of cancer: failure to differentiate, potential to invade, potential to metastasize, and potential lethality. We will define some important terms. x

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Anthony A. Goodman, M.D.
Montana State University
Dr. Anthony A. Goodman is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College and trained as a surgical intern and resident at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He completed his surgical training and...
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Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 156.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for basics or for review I'm a transcriptionist with less than 5 years experience and I am finding this course very helpful. The content is thorough without being overkill. I'm not a doctor and don't intend to be one, but I do need to understand what I'm hearing. The presentation is done in a classroom-like way, but is not stressful at all. Excellent examples given for clarity.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Background required This course would be excellent for a first-year medical student or as a review for practicing physicians. It's not for you if you're looking for a general introduction, particularly if you have no knowledge of basic chemistry or biology. It's heavy on terminology and surgical treatment of various problems. If you are squeamish about seeing real flesh you don't have to worry. The course relies on a lot of graphics and models. There's only one brief surgery shown and you're warned so you can skip it.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good course but presentation graphics a bit dated I purchased this course along with the new Chemistry and Our Universe course and the two are very different in presentation style. This Anatomy and Physiology course has great content but the presentation and graphics are very stale. I think I paid too much for the course. Check out the graphics and demonstrations in the Chemistry course and you will likely have the same conclusion. The instructor is good but also is limited because of the graphics. I am not sure I would recommend purchasing this edition and may be better to wait for a revamped one which is hopefully coming soon. It would be smart for The Great Courses to offer some kind of discount for previous purchasers of the course. I would recommend if possible for folks to look at the production dates for the science lectures and make their decisions accordingly.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was a great course. I really enjoyed this one. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the human body.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anatomy Comprehensive info. I had a hard time following where the dr. was on the slides--busy or not enough contrast. He is well spoken but soft--I had a hard time hearing lots of the new words. It fulfilled my needs.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from . CAT, MRI & X-Rays for a real feel of the body The course loses a great deal of what it could be if it had X-Rays, CAT scans and other tools and MD's use to see the human body really as it is. The drawings are not of the quality a course like this should be
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent, but.... This is a complicated topic which Dr. Goodman does an excellent job of unraveling. His computer generated illustrations are great. The subject matter is presented logically with deliberation. I have only problem with this course. Dr. Goodman has the calm reassuring voice that puts me to sleep. This voice works well to assure patients, but somewhere around twenty minutes I fall asleep despite my interest in the subject. I am so glad that I purchased the DVD, otherwise I would have missed a load of great information. I re-run each lecture about three times Once to get all of the lecture and once more to pickup what I missed (in concept). There is a double load of information in each lecture and I am able to get a 'Plus Value' by doing this. Finian Blake .
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought this as a gift for a nursing student. I can only comment on what I have been told by the person I bought the course for. She says it's OK so I assume it is. Since the course isn't for me I won't be streaming it or anything.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average to me I tried, but just couldn't stay awake for the 45-minute lectures, so I had to watch them twice. They would have been more interesting if the professor interacted with the students by taking questions, or moved away from his desk or computer occasionally. The sound was not very clear. The information seemed outdated.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding the Human Body I've only been through two chapters but it is a treasure of information about the human body. The accompanying book could use a few more diagrams, but they show up n the videos clear enough. Along with the suggested readings, the course should tell you just about as much as you need to know about how the body is constructed ad how it works. A great course.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute Must View! I've taken a lot of courses from the teaching company, I think this is the first course I've given all five stars. Let me quickly comment on some of the other reviews and then I'll add mine. The December 25, 2015 review is about perfect. Some of the negative comments are just flat wrong. At first I too thought some of the drawings of parts of the anatomy seemed simplistic. But if you had taken real-life photographs, you would really have not been able to distinguish the parts. I have about 10 bird books, generally speaking, the drawings are more informative than the real-life photographs. There were two criticisms about the evolution of the body. If you don't believe in evolution, you should not be taking science courses. Now my comments. I can't imagine anyone better than Mr. Goodman to teach this course. One of the serious and valid criticisms of academics, is that they have never been in the real world. The fact that Mr. Goodman has actually performed thousands of operations and seen and touched so many parts of the human anatomy, made his lectures so much more valuable. Also his style was about perfect. You can fill an entire library just describing the human anatomy, not to mention the chemical processes that take place. The extensive and complicated material if not presented in a very professional manner, could easily put one to sleep, or give you a headache. Dr. Goodman's approach to teaching the subject was again about perfect. I take so many courses from the teaching company, because I love to learn. But I love to learn mostly about facts that in some way can help in my life. I now know 1000 times more about the human body thanI knew before. It's hard to imagine a more valuable course. Lastly, Dr. Goodman seems like the kind of guy you would like to be friends with, his manner was quite enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Physiology of Intelligent Design • I have enjoyed this course. The complexity and details of the human body are so complex and extraordinary that it still perplexes me how the outdated Darwin Theory still holds power in this day and age. The instructor (an older gentleman) does elude to evolution quite often as mentioned in other reviews, but the way I look at it, is that he was conditioned to believe this throughout his schooling, so of course that is the result. Dr. Goodman's lectures of the human body despite this outdated belief in evolution as the source of life’s complexity and diversity were very interesting and I learned a lot. His lectures and visuals were well planned and executed. However, I think he and “Great Courses” could have avoided any controversy had he just given credit to the marvelous complexities that everyone can appreciate and left it at that. Anything beyond that was unnecessary and did not add value to the lectures or the course overall. I've been in the field of scientific research for over 30 years, and its wonders, order, complexity, etc., added to my job experiences in the field of scientific research, only solidifies my belief that evolution is outdated and scientifically incorrect. For anyone interested in exploring Intelligent Design Theory vs Evolution Theory for themselves, I would recommend “Signature in the Cell” by Dr. Stephen Meyer. It’s about 600 pages long and is very thorough and detailed. As a whole, I think if you can overlook his numerous mentions of evolution and simply marvel at the details of the human body in the lectures, you can enjoy the course.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I expect it to be good This review request came before the course had been completely reviewed. It was purchased as a supplement to my granddaughter's required reading and study guides in an intro anatomy course she has enrolled in at our community college. She read the booklet that comes with the course and found it to be helpful. She will be reviewing the DVDs along with her relevant class assignments.
Date published: 2016-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just missing one thing The graphics are outdated. It could be even more amazing if we could visualize more state of the art images of the body, otherwise, it was great!
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Course Title Says It All So far, I have completed several of the lectures and am extremely happy with the course content, presentation, and level of technical information. I have recently been undergoing many tests on my various systems - cardiac, gastrointestinal, and respiratory - and have had to rely on doctor appointments and internet searches to make sense of the results. This course clearly explains how these systems work and their interrelationship, such as why heart tests are critical to diagnosing lung problems. For some it may be too technical, but I like the technical descriptions of the anatomy and the descriptions of what can go wrong. The value of the course depends on the level of information you are seeking; however, I feel the course does an excellent job of making technical information very understandable.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Professor is good teacher but I firmly disagree with his evolutionist view. God created the earth. It's not something that has evolved. Other than that his lectures have been understandable and interesting.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course, makes a complex topic approachable I initially was going to purchase one of Dr. Goodman's other courses, and decided to purchase this one first, since it lays a foundation for his other health oriented courses. I saw some negative reviews, but saw quite a few positive ones and decided to take my chances. I am glad I did. First and foremost, if you are offended by the idea of evolution, this course is not for you. This seems to be the basis of the negative reviews I have seen. Dr. Goodman does not cover religious topics, per se, and he does not discuss the concept of evolution, but does take it for granted that the viewer embraces this concept. He mentions it a couple of dozen times, in reference to body structural changes over time. The concept of evolution aside, Dr. Goodman has an easy, approachable style. His delivery is clear, and he makes good eye contact with the camera. This course is from the old set, and he remains seated behind a desk. The number of visuals in the course makes this much better to purchase as a video, rather than audio only. As a non-medical professional, I found the content to be appropriate - not too easy, but not too esoteric. Other reviews from medical professionals note that it is a good review for them, and I see how that could be the case. I do feel like I learned many things watching this course, but I could watch many of these lectures over again to pick up nuances that I might have missed the first time. It's a lot of information, but didn't feel overwhelming. I am looking forward to purchasing Dr. Goodman's other courses.
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Evolution & Atheism present an Intoduction to ... I wanted you to know how very disappointed and irritated I am in this study course on Anatomy/Physiology. I purchased it for my granddaughter and she has just now shared it with me. This course was very misrepresented. You should have it classified with the religion classes. It was 32 lectures of Doctor Goodman expounding his atheist views of how we evolved. If I wanted to listen to that rot (evolution) I would purchase one of the religion courses. Evolution falls short of explaining how our complex body works and functions. Even the renowned atheist, Richard Dawkins, had to step back on the scientific work of DNA. I’m sick of the “leftist” professors pushing their radical and anti-christian views on life in every topic…no matter what the course was supposed to be about. If a Christian Doctor expounded on how wonderfully the Lord created our bodies, while explaining the anatomy and physiology, the tape would never have been made! You can present the facts and details of this subject without discussing any religion. Too bad they did not choose to do that!!!
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good for AP studies I bought this DVD set for my son in high school and we watched this together. As a physician much of the content was well known to me. I must say the lectures were very well presented and my son found these talks a great help in his school wok and exams
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating no-nonsense A&P course I learned A&P about three decades ago when I was in high school, and believe or not, I found it boring and just couldn't be bothered with it. The reason I decided to hear it now is simply out of curiosity. After all, doesn’t it make sense for you to understand how your own body works?! Professor Goodman cut to the chase and proceeded to plow through the material at a brisk pace. At the same time the lectures were very well structured and prepared, and there was absolutely no extra fluff. Every sentence was important and contained new, relevant content. There is a LOT of content to follow and to understand, and he really seemed to go into some pretty fine detail. In other words, this is not a broad, superficial survey course. It drills down quite deeply. I went through the course once and found it very gratifying, but I intend to view it again since there so much to soak in… Another nice aspect of the course is that Professor Goodman is not a physiologist – he is a medical doctor. Moreover, he is a surgeon. So as he presents the different, fascinating aspects of the anatomy and physiology, he also points out possible pathologies and how they can be treated – a medical doctor's perspective… Particularly, he talks about some challenges particular to surgical treatments of various pathologies, for example how accessible an organ or tissue is to a surgeon or which vascular vessels he has to watch out for. For me this was interesting perspective which I never had an opportunity to hear before. My only criticism has to do with the visuals. The age of the course is definitely showing here. I don't know exactly when it was produced but certainly not recently. Sometimes when he showed anatomical schemas and you could hear his explanation in the background, it was not clear at all which part of the schema his explanation was referring to. The annotations were not well synchronized... The course was fantastic. Professor Goodman's presentation was, in my opinion, perfect. He obviously has a huge wealth of knowledge. The lectures felt very dynamic and natural – not at all as if he is reading the material from paper. All of the knowledge seemed to flow from him effortlessly… The course content was both challenging and fascinating, and I can definitely say that I now have a much better knowledge and understanding of how everything actually works – so taking the time to view it was easily worth the effort and very gratifying.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Review Course for A&P I'm a RN and have been watching both of Dr. Goodman's courses to review A&P and pathophysiology. When I was in school several years ago, I didn't find these great courses to be too helpful to me with my studying, so I've sat on them for a while. Now that I have a better background in the topics, I've found these to be immensely useful as review courses and would recommend them to anyone who is looking for some review of the topics. For those new to the topics, they are good overviews, too, but don't expect them to help you out with coursework because it is too hard to match your course sequence to the information in these videos.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for 'easy' viewing This is an excellent course for someone who wants to learn about how the body works, and is willing to put in some study time to learn it. There are many terms which have to be learned to fully appreciate the material. I watched it once, and then bought a book on anatomy & physiology. I then watched it again, and followed along with the book, highlighting things I wanted to remember. I had no prior experience with the subject, but when I finished the course, I believe I have a solid, basic knowledge of the human body.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something is missing Where is a lecture on the largest organ in the body - the skin?!
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An introduction to anatomy and physiology If you want a course in evolutionary fables, this course will be acceptable for you. But if you believe God created these amazing bodies of ours, then you will not agree with this professor who believes something amazing can come from nothing and somehow create itself. I purchased this course because I was interested in learning about my body, not evolutionary fiction.
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing anatomy This course offers an amazing look at the working of the human body from the perspective of a physician. It's not easy. It's highly detailed. Not something to watch to relax. It's an opportunity to learn.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pre-Med Students It is helpful when you really need a quick review. Saved my life! I still use them for my major Gross Anatomy classes! Great price and lots of information.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A basic requirement Dr Goodman presents the material in an easily followed and understood manner. His candid remarks about his practical experiences, help make the topics hit home. This course should be mandatory for senior high school or first year university students.
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW IF you want a "no holds barred" course that cuts to the chase....choose this course. This course starts with the heart. (mosth A&P courses start with the simpler stuff and moves on. This course goes straight through the heart and continues on. I have taken many A&P courses and this one is cut to the chase, lay it straight out and show graphics and move through the models and show the physiology. Ya wanna learn A&P????? You will!!!!!
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great perspective on Anatomy and Physiology Dr. Goodman's course had been an excellent adjunct for me while taking an introductory human anatomy course. I enjoyed the perspective and energy that Dr. Goodman showed throughout this class, it really motivated me to keep learning anatomy.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase for Heart Attack Patients This particular course was my BIG WINDOW into the workings of my heart, blood vessels, organs that I'd been clueless about before and after heart attacks at 41, a young woman. Doctors don't have the time to explain the events the conspire over time to create a variety of mild to deadly heart 'event's. They just don't. Patients won't be able to take it in at the time of heart attack either due to heart-brain impact of unsteady blood-oxygen supply. Heart healing is sloooooooooow. That is non-negotiable. These course allow patients to turn to them when they are feeling receptive to learning. Professor Anthony A. Goodman teaches this course in a clear, no extras way that is a breath of fresh air. No drama just respect for what his audience needs to know. I had a long career at a particle accelerator lab (emperical science), but found I had zero knowledge of even basic, yet extremely powerful aspects like Inflammation Response vs Immune Response.....and the evolutional development of both our critical-to-survival mechanisms. There is so much more, all of it relevant and fascinating. I watched and rewatched, paused to take detailed notes to help my mind absorb what I was hearing and seeing. I stayed at it for several days and this one set of lectures became the base that launched me into more technical medical literature, learning to read and decypher medical charts, tests, narratives, seek out heart related research. Immediately recommended this course on the WomenHeart.org discussion board, where so many women are floundering through recoveries that are specific to the female heart and body without any real help from medical professionals who have yet to grasp these concepts, much less the realities of female heart damage recovery during the many cyclic changes the female body goes through in a lifetime.
Date published: 2014-08-11
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