Etsuro Tanaka is a Doctor of Medicine who specializes in physiology and nutritional science. A professor in the Tokyo University of Agriculture Faculty of Applied Bio-Science, he has also written several popular physiology textbooks for nursing students.
Comments about oreilly The Manga Guide to Physiology:
After an absence of a few years, Manga Guide has published another edition to help students better understand physiology. Like other Manga guides, each chapter starts as a graphic novel with notes at the end of each chapter that read like a traditional textbook does. The graphic novel portion contains a story which functions as a conduit for learning the science, while the chapter notes go into more depth than the explanations in the graphical novel portion do. In this story, there is a young nursing student who is failing her psychology course and is helped with understanding physiology by a new instructor. The storyline is straightforward and there are some minor sub-plots. As the primary focus is on physiology, the story is not well-developed.
Apart from the introductory and concluding chapters, there are ten chapters, each focusing on one aspect of physiology. Like traditional textbooks, the earlier chapters focus on "easier" areas than do the later chapters. Topics covered include circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, kidneys, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and the endocrine system. Each chapter starts with a situation where the main characters have an opportunity to explore the relevant portion of physiology.
Most students memorize a lot of material for their physiology courses, and sadly forget most of what they learned shortly after the course. This book tried to make physiological concepts intuitive so students can retain them better and longer. However the book is aimed at those taking an introductory course, and most introductory courses will be more in-depth than the level covered in this book. However, this book's focus is to help readers distill the essence of physiology, and understand it intuitively. In this aspect, the Manga Guide does an excellent job. While the Manga Guide by itself is not a substitute for a physiology textbook, it makes a great supplement to one – especially for students taking an introductory physiology course at either the high-school or college level. I received this book as a review copy.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend