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Integrative Biology 131|Fall 2008|UC Berkeley

by Marian C. DIAMOND

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Customer Reviews

Dr. Marian Diamond is amazing

When it comes to human anatomy, there is no better college level teacher than the legendary neuroscientist and anatomist Dr. Marian Diamond. Holding a BA, MA, and a doctorate degree (Ph.D. degree) in general human anatomy from UC Berkley, having a specially in neuroscience, and literally about SIXTY years of teaching college anatomy, Dr. Diamond truly knows how to instruct. Wielding a piece of white chalk in one hand and an eraser in the other, Doctor Diamond teaches through the use of two large chalkboard and her clear voice. Yes, this teacher still uses the old fashioned chalkboard method as opposed to the modern day Power Point software program. She explains that there is a death to learning by Power Point act so to speak that is going about the modern world, and that seeing someone use a piece of chalk and a chalkboard better allows the brain to remember information. She is correct, as her notes are very easy to memorize. The lecture series takes place in a very large auditorium which seats about seven hundred students. Dr. Diamond uses a very powerful shirt clip on microphone to address the class and speaks clearly for those watching at home. You will find that EVERY body system is covered in DETAIL by her, from the human eye, to the heart, to the brain, to even the ear and the immune system. Please note that is is at the intermediate college level, so I recommend this series to people age 17 and up. In terms of this class's difficulty, well, everyone has their own opinion, but for me it is moderately difficult and includes a fair amount of detail for each lecture. At the end of each lecture, Dr. Diamond will sometimes review her given notes using slides from a textbook, and this is the only time that slides are used. I find this to a welcomed treat of a review and it does help me to learn. One other thing to note is that this is NOT advanced human anatomy, but intermediate, in the middle in other words, and will not spend ten lectures on one topic, like the blood vessels. This keeps the class from getting old, and works well with casual learners, too. One final thing to note is that Dr. Diamond is very funny! Her sense of humor really propels the class onward, and makes you giggle as she makes real life connections to her lectures. This is part of what makes the lectures so fun to watch. In summary, this is a fantastic way to learn a lot about the human body from an expert in the field. If you would like to learn a lot about a body system, or are just a casual learner, than I highly recommend this general human anatomy college course. I give it a final excellent score of five out of five stars. Oh, one final note, the little known lymphatic system is covered here.