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Dr__Don_Rizzo_--64x64In Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, Donald C. Rizzo (Marygrove College) presents an outstanding primer that covers all the basic elements of the discipline in clear and impactive terms - a book notable not only for what it says, but how it says it.”  -- John Aiello Editor and Publisher, The Electric Review

Don Rizzo, a Marygrove Biology professor for 36 years, recently published the third edition of his book “Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology” (published by Del Mar Cengage). The book is accompanied by a study guide as well as a CD for instructors.

Rizzo’s book was developed for students wanting careers in the Allied Health market. Not needing the level of detail that medical students require, students reading “Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology Third Edition” receive a broad but thorough overview of human anatomy and physiology; in addition, in each chapter there are sections on how the body ages, a career focus piece, health alerts (tips on how to maintain a healthy body), discussions of common diseases, conditions and disorders of each body system, Internet exercises, summary outlines with review questions for all chapters, and case studies. Lab exercises appear at the end of each chapter, which is unique for this type of book and the new edition also includes more diseases and a clinical anatomy focus for students studying to become nurses.

When asked how he became interested in Biology, Dr. Rizzo said, “I grew up in Boston near the ocean. We could see the ocean from my house, and I used to collect sea shells and was greatly influenced by Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau. I wanted to be a marine biologist.”

But his life took a different twist, and after high school Rizzo decided to go to a Dominican seminary at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. After two years he decided this wasn’t his path, so he went on to become a biology teacher and graduated with a B.A. from State College at Boston (now part of the University of Massachusetts, Boston). Shortly thereafter, he received a research assistantship at Cornell University where he received his master’s and Ph.D. in Parasitology (yes, like it sounds—biology of parasites: ticks, mites, worms, etc.). After he received his Ph.D., he taught for a summer at Eastern Michigan University and then taught for a year at Siena Heights College before being recruited by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to teach at Marygrove.

Commenting on his life-long career as a biologist, he stated, “I’m fascinated with the diversity of life-forms and the beauty of creation and the evolutionary process. When you get a student who’s afraid of science and think they can’t learn it and I can stimulate and excite the student to love the discipline--- that’s the greatest reward.”

Professor Rizzo can be reached by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (313) 927-1332.