Cracking the Case: The relationship between bones and hormones

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This case study was developed for college-level, pre-nursing students in a non-majors Anatomy and Physiology course, and the case study was used to complement the bone physiology chapter. This activity would also be suitable for majors physiology, animal physiology, pharmacology, pre-medical or exercise physiology students, or likely any biology students with basic knowledge of bone remodeling. Instructors may want to add their own higher-level questions for majors or pre-med students. The students are given patient history and an initial panel of test results– their goal is to discuss the current symptoms and results, and then diagnose the patients. After diagnosis, they are asked specific questions about bone remodeling, bone physiology, and the drugs prescribed by Dr. Lee (the doctor being shadowed in the case study). The ultimate goal is to understand how osteoporosis developed in two patients (Patient 1, Shino Yang: post-menopausal osteoporosis; Patient 2 – Eleanor Davis: glucoc
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNSF National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
StatePublished - Aug 4 2016


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