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A Dissection Guide & Atlas to the Rat

David G. Smith, Michael P. Schenk
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This full-color dissection manual is an introduction to the anatomy of the rat. The book can be used with biology, zoology, nursing, or preprofessional students who are taking a laboratory course in anatomy and physiology or basic vertebrate anatomy.

About this Product


  • Superior full-color photographs and illustrations distinguish this manual from others.
  • Carefully worded directions allow students to learn basic mammalian anatomy through the use of a rat specimen.
  • High-quality color photographs and photomicrographs.
  • Clearly written text with dissection instructions set apart from the main text to assist students in the lab.
  • Each chapter begins with a list of objectives, and tables are utilized to summarize key information.
  • Loose-leaf, three-hole drilled format for convenient use in the laboratory. 

About the Author

David G. Smith

David Smith received his B.S. in biological sciences from Clemson University in 1992 and his M.S. in zoology from the University of Oklahoma in 1995, where he taught zoology labs for six years. He accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Richmond as the Director of Biology Laboratories and taught laboratory courses there for another four years. David coauthored his first zoology laboratory manual in 1996, launching a writing career that has spanned more than a decade and has produced ten major titles to date. He has since moved out of the classroom to concentrate his efforts on authoring educational materials that are designed to improve the quality of the laboratory experience for zoology students.

Michael P. Schenk

Michael Schenk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and his BSMI and MSMI from the Medical College of Georgia in 1973/1974. He is a certified medical illustrator. He has received numberous awards for his illustrations and photography and was inducted as a Fellow in the Associateion of Medical Illustrators in 2002. Mike has held Illustrator positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he started a department, the University of Texas Health Science Center Dallas where he was an assistant professor on medical illustration, and currently is director of biomedical illustration services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the course of his career he has created throusands of illustrations in all scientific disciplines and has been publishied by every major publisher.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: External Anatomy

Chapter 2: Skeletal System

Chapter 3: Muscular System

Chapter 4: Digestive System

Chapter 5: Circulatory System

Chapter 6: Respiratory System

Chapter 7: Reproductive and Excretory Systems

Chapter 8: Nervous System

Chapter 9: Endocrine System