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Anatomy and Physiology - Bit by Bit

English, Education, 1 seasons, 31 episodes, 14 hours 8 minutes
"Anatomy & Physiology - Bit by Bit" is not only intended for college students taking A&P, it's for anyone who is interested in how the human body is structured and how it functions. Where students are concerned, the goal is "B or better." Whether you're interested in nursing, physical therapy, physician's assistant, radiography, etc, a B or better should be the goal to be competitive with other students in your field. Hopefully, these short, pointed discussions will help you understand what you need to be successful. [email protected]
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Episode 29 - Smell And Taste

Episode 29 continues with sensation by covering the chemical senses: olfaction (smell) and gustation (taste). You'll also get to hear my conversation with chef and restauranteur Chris Pastena of Oakland, California. Chris also co-founded the non-profit Community Kitchens, which works to feed the hungry in the Oakland area. You can learn more about Community Kitchens and how you can help at
27/11/202349 minutes 25 seconds
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Episode 28 - General Senses

Episode 28 begins our discussion of sensation, the last nervous system topic. We focus on general senses, saving special senses for the next episode. In this episode I spoke with Dr. Krista Rompolski, who teaches A&P in the physical therapy department of Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA. Krista is also an author on the textbook Fox’s Human Physiology, from McGraw-Hill Education. Krista shares her experiences teaching about sensation and her own clinical experience dealing with chronic pain.
20/11/202340 minutes 11 seconds
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Episode 27 - Autonomic Nervous System - Part 2

Episode 27 finishes up the autonomic nervous system discussing the neurotransmitters of the ANS, dual innervation, and central control. It also includes ,my conversation with Dr. Beth Kersten, professor of anatomy & physiology at the State College of Florida’s Venice campus. Beth is one of the authors of Gunstream’s Anatomy & Physiology, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill Education. Beth is also an integral part of A&P Digital Suite, not only creating the bulleted narrative that summarizes my tutor videos, but also reviewing everything I do to make sure we are providing high quality, accurate learning resources.
13/11/202338 minutes 10 seconds
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Episode 26 - Autonomic Nervous System – Part 1

Episode 26 begins our discussion of the autonomic nervous system, our fight-or-flight and rest-and-digest control. The autonomic nervous system mediates the visceral reflexes that control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and a plethora of physiological processes. You’ll also get to hear my conversation with Dr. Michael Windelspecht, author of the Mader’s Biology series of textbooks from McGraw-Hill Education and one of the owners of Inspire Adventures. Inspire Adventures takes students to the Central American country of Belize where they embark on educational excursions actively learning ecology and biology in the field.
06/11/202341 minutes 59 seconds
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Episode 25 - Brainstem, Diencephalon, and Cerebellum

Episode 25 is the final brain episode covering the brainstem, diencephalon, and cerebellum. These are the more primitive parts of our brain controlling whether we’re hungry or thirsty, our fight-or-flight mechanisms, cardiovascular and respiratory function, monitoring our body’s position in space, and coordinating our movements. It’s a lot to cover, so there is no guest on today’s episode. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected].
30/10/202335 minutes 48 seconds
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Episode 24 - The Cerebrum

Episode 24 covers the largest part of the brain, the cerebrum. But first, my conversation with Dr. Bee Heeney-Stemple, professor of Anatomy & Physiology at Bucks County Community College (where I teach!). Dr. Heeney-Stemple has been researching the effect of stress, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on learning, including techniques to counteract those effects to maximize student and instructor success in the classroom. These 5 steps are: 1. Get to know your students and create a safe learning environment. 2. Sustain communication and be constant in your support, encouragement, and awareness to prevent crises. 3. Be flexible and accommodate. 4. Know your institutional services. 5. Obtain professional development on PTSD. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected].
26/10/202344 minutes 50 seconds
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Episode 23 - The Meninges And Cerebrospinal Fluid

After an almost 2 1/2 year hiatus, the return episode covers the basics of the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid of the central nervous system.
23/02/202322 minutes 9 seconds
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Episode 22 - Brain Barriers And Cranial Nerves

This episode covers the brain barrier system that protects the brain tissue from harmful agents that can be found in our blood. I also discuss cranial nerves I–XII, their origins, and their functions. Dr. Kevin Petti, Professor at San Diego Miramar College, coauthor of the textbook "Visual A&P" from Pearson Education, and the founder of Anatomia Italiana,, joins me to discuss A&P and his teaching program in Italy that connects art and anatomy.
09/11/202051 minutes 13 seconds
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Episode 21 - Intro To The Human Brain

Episode 21 begins our journey into the anatomy & physiology of the human brain, beginning of course with anatomy! It also marks our first episode with a guest. Dr. Charles Welsh is not only a professor of Biology at Duquesne University, but he is also the author of Hole's Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, as well as a co-author on Hole's Anatomy & Physiology (the majors-level text book), both published by McGraw-Hill Education. Dr. Welsh and I discuss teaching and writing about anatomy & physiology as well as some important A&P concepts that students need to get.
23/10/202051 minutes 29 seconds
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Episode 20 - Spinal Nerves And Reflexes

In this episode I continue on with the nervous system and spinal cord, discussing spinal nerves, plexuses, and reflexes. I also answered a listener's question about recommended books, like "Mader's Human Biology" by Dr. Michael Windelspecht and "Hole's Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology" by Dr. Chuck Welsh. Both great resources by excellend authors and professors. You can also use my personal learning resources at Send me your questions at [email protected].
14/10/202038 minutes 15 seconds
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Episode 19 - Intro to the Spinal Cord

This episode covers the spinal cord anatomy and a little bit of function. I also discuss how spinal tracts are named and I answer a question about myelination, nerve signal conduction velocity, and Multiple Sclerosis. You can get more valuable resources for learning Anatomy & Physiology at There you'll find lab materials, tutor videos on key concepts, dissection videos, etc. Good luck and be well! Send me your questions at [email protected].
10/10/202035 minutes 16 seconds
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Episode 18 - Nerve Tissue Part 2

This episode covers everything you need to know about the nerve signal. This includes the resting membrane potential in neurons as well as local and action potentials. I also discuss chemical synapses and neurotransmitters. Send me your questions at [email protected].
06/10/202036 minutes 56 seconds
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Episode 17 - Intro to the Nervous System and Nerve Tissue

This episode is a little longer than usual and covers the basics of the nervous system and the anatomy of neurons and nerve tissue. It is an essential introduction to the nervous system. I hope you enjoy it. Send me your questions at [email protected].
02/10/202042 minutes 48 seconds
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Bonus Episode #3 - 5 Rules For Understanding A&P

This bonus episode isn't about any specific principle in human anatomy & physiology. Instead, I am discussing the five rules of understanding A&P. This is something I've been sharing with my students with years. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you.
20/07/202014 minutes 22 seconds
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Episode 16 - Muscle Tissue Part 3

This episode discusses the way neurons innervate skeletal muscles and they manner in which skeletal muscles shorten to move the skeleton, regulate movement of materials, etc. The neuromuscular junction is the union of a motor neuron and a skeletal muscle fiber. There are three phases to muscle contraction: excitation, excitation-contraction coupling, and sliding filaments. Finally after contraction, we have relaxation. All are covered in this one episode.
14/07/202017 minutes 23 seconds
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Episode 15 - Muscle Tissue Part 2 (Cellular Anatomy)

This episode covers the anatomy of skeletal muscle cells. From the sarcolemma to the sarcomere to the myofilaments, this information is crucial to understanding how skeletal muscle works.
30/06/202018 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 14 - Muscle Tissue Part 1

This episode discusses the three types of muscle tissue, the characteristics that all muscle tissue types share, the functions of muscle tissue, and its general structure.
18/06/202019 minutes 35 seconds
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Episode 13 - Bone Formation and Growth

This episode covers the embryonic formation of bones and how bones grown after birth.
09/06/202017 minutes 21 seconds
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Episode 12 - Skeletal System Part 2 (types of bone, remodeling, and calcium)

This episode covers the difference between compact bone and spongy bone, Wolff's Law, and calcium homeostasis.
29/03/202022 minutes 30 seconds
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Bonus Episode - Mythbusters: A&P Edition

Is blood blue? How many ribs do men & women have? Do we really have 5 senses? What's so funny about the funny bone? This bonus episode is dedicated to dispelling four common myths people believe about the human body. Inspired by a listener's email, I hope you enjoy busting these myths!
13/03/202020 minutes 52 seconds
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Episode 11 - Skeletal System- Part 1 (Overview and Osseous Tissue)

This episode introduces the skeletal system with a topic overview and discussion of the histology of osseous tissue.
11/03/202018 minutes 14 seconds
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Episode 10 - Integumentary System Part 2 - Skin Color

This episode explores the physiological basis of skin, hair, and eye color.
08/03/202018 minutes 17 seconds
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Episode 9 - Integumentary System Part 1 - Skin and Accessory Structures

This episode covers the general basics of the integumentary system including functions, the cells and layers of the epidermis, the dermis and cutaneous glands, and superficial wound healing. Feel free to send me your questions to be answered on future episodes: [email protected]
04/03/202022 minutes 39 seconds
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Episode 8 - Histology

This episode covers the study of tissues, histological sections, and the four primary tissue classes.
01/03/202019 minutes 20 seconds
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Episode 7 - DNA Replication And Cell Cycle

This episode covers DNA replication and the cell cycle.
26/02/202013 minutes 41 seconds
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Episode 6 - DNA Structure And Protein Synthesis

This episode covers DNA structure and protein synthesis.
23/02/202017 minutes 5 seconds
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Episode 5 - The Cytoplasm

This episode is a brief overview of the cytoplasm.
20/02/20208 minutes 46 seconds
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Episode 4 - Specifics Of Membrane Transport

This episode gets specific about diffusion, osmosis, and carrier-mediated transport across the cell's plasma membrane.
20/02/202015 minutes 16 seconds
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Episode 3 - Cells And The Plasma Membrane

This episode introduces the cell and discusses the plasma membrane in detail.
17/10/201920 minutes 53 seconds
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Episode 2 - Homeostasis

This episode covers the main principles of homeostasis, the way our bodies maintain a consistent internal environment despite living in an inconsistent external environment. Negative and positive feedback systems are discussed.
14/09/201916 minutes 57 seconds
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Episode 1 - Body Organization

This episode discusses the difference between anatomy and physiology as well as the way the human body is organized from atoms all the way up to the whole organism.
13/09/201917 minutes 55 seconds