Are the functions of the systems/part covered in Anatomy, or...

  1. does it mainly just cover the locations? I was told that Anatomy is where everything is, and Physiology is how it all works. Is that true?
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  3. by   nrsman1
    Technically anatomy is the study of structure, and physiology is the study of "how it works". However, I would venture to say that a professor may throw in a tidbit or two of physiology when discussing anatomy, simply because anatomy and physiology cannot be completely seperated from each other.
  4. by   VICEDRN
    Quote from nrsman1
    Technically anatomy is the study of structure, and physiology is the study of "how it works". However, I would venture to say that a professor may throw in a tidbit or two of physiology when discussing anatomy, simply because anatomy and physiology cannot be completely seperated from each other.
    Agree. This is a perfect definition of A&P and how the class proceeds.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Essentially, anatomy is structure and physiology is function. Both are covered in an anatomy and physiology course, which I prefer. However, more programs require separate anatomy and physiology courses than accept the combined course. The combined course is somehow considered to be "watered down" when in fact it is more intense.
  6. by   luvinRN
    Yes, that is true. Anatomy is gross anatomy meaning where it is and how it looks. Physiology is the function of the organisms.
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    And, you may find that the class is divided into a lecture and lab. Lecture will cover physiology, anatomy will be covered in lab.
  8. by   Jubilayhee
    Well I am almost finished with Human Physiology this semester and I previously took Anatomy last semester. It is true that anatomy is structure and physiology is the way it works, but my Anatomy teacher and I am sure most do give you basic level physiology. Like simply what it does. Human Physiology however was way more detailed from the chemical to physical level and for some it is more challenging. I found it Physiology slightly easier because it was more conceptual and less meaningless memorization, like I had to memorize the action, insertion, and origin of the muscles.
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    I found physiology difficult, personally. I strongly believe it is necessary for nurses to comprehend it, but the presentation (in my opinion) was more complicated than it had to be. I did okay in the class (B), but it sucked the life out of me.
  10. by   CABG patch kid
    And to add even more knowledge to your brain later, in nursing school you will take pathophysiology, which is the study of the abnormal functions, the disease states. You need a good basic grasp of physiology before pathophysiology. Even though these subjects are tough, the understanding is essential to nursing practice, because if you don't know the why behind your actions, you won't be able to critically think. I love the human body!!!

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