This book contains very clear, well-constructed and pertinent case studies. The exercises are approachable by the reader and provide valuable opportunities to review the contents. I believe this manual can be easily followed in the classroom and will help the instructor engage the students. It is precise but not too long, which will make it easy to manipulate in the classroom.

My criticisms of the book are at two levels: organization and content/questions/answers. Both deal with the pedagogical approach. First, the organization of the book is cumbersome. The teacher edition should be split into two parts. The first part would be dedicated to the aspects of instruction. The second part would focus on the answers to the student edition’s questions. This would ease the instructor’s tasks during class and furthermore eliminate the redundancy of a “Teacher guide” in each chapter.

The author, being a teacher, should have paid closer attention to the pertinence and the form of the questions, as well as their answers. Here are some examples:

  • Page 37: “What is fertilization?” The answer should begin “Fertilization is…”, not “Fertilization occurs when….” And “Where does the female egg travel upon fertilization?” Better to refer to the blastocyst than the egg.

  • Page 75: “What is the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates?” Nutritionists do not use these concepts anymore.

  • Page 83:.“How do arteries differ from veins?” The question needs precision: is it about structure or function or both?

  • Page 112: “Why is hCG found only in pregnant women?” Answer: “hCG is produced in the placenta.” The answer should be that “hCG is produced first by the components of the fertilized egg. The placenta intervenes later.

  • Page 113: “What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?” The answer does not give the right response; it states where and when they occur instead of the physiological differences.

  • Page 84: “What happens to the hemoglobin protein on a red blood cell if someone has sickle cell anemia?” Nothing is going to happen. It happened already. The mutated DNA is the cause of sickle cell anemia, not the other way around.

Other suggestions for improving the book include using the word function instead of job in many cases (page 119: “What is the job of the small intestine?”) and improving the quality of some diagrams (for example, pp. 188 and 120).