Best Audience: Teens to adults who want a grounding in the scientific aspects of physiology and anatomy, want a refresher, or want to expand their current understanding of how science-based medicine and a variety of other paradigms connect in the human body
I picked up Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body by Pip Waller to refresh my mind on the basics of physiology and anatomy. I learned the science-based model in high school a couple of decades prior, and had picked up more in-depth knowledge in parts through my herbal studies. I was at a point in my career where I was finding an increasing need to be able to discuss herbalism with folks who are based almost solely in the medical fields alongside those based almost solely in one of the traditional or energetic approaches such as Ayurveda practice or Traditional Chinese Medicine. For me, the traditional approaches come far more naturally than the science-style herbalism I was encountering, which left me feeling like I was under educated next to my peers. I decided it was high time I reviewed my P&A!
Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body turned out to be a beautiful solution. It was a fairly easy read, covering everything from molecular biology to gross anatomy at roughly a high school to early university level. Waller does a wonderful job of reminding us of processes discussed in earlier chapters, which reinforced both my memory and understanding of the material. I loved how she sprinkled in information and understanding from other health traditions, linking some of the scientific understanding of human health to traditional approaches. For herbalists and others who’ve studied or trained in those other fields, particularly under individuals or non-institutional-style schools, that connection can be highly valuable and grounding.
For me, Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body was a confidence builder. Waller made ample use of bold print and included a robust index, so I know I’ll be able to review terms as the arise in my future writing and research. She discussed human health in a system-by-system approach with plenty of references and explanations of how the systems are inter-dependent, which makes going back to review and cross-reference easy, too. I’m thrilled to have found Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body by Pip Waller at this point in my career.
Bottom Line: Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body by Pip Waller has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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