Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies

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Some people think that knowing about what goes on inside the human body can sap life of its mystery. Which is too bad for them, because anybody who’s ever taken a peak under the hood knows that the human body, and all its various structures and functions, is a realm of awe-inspiring complexity and countless wonders. The dizzying dance of molecule, cell, tissue, organ, muscle, sinew, and bone that we call life can be a thing of breathtaking beauty and humbling perfection. No one should be denied access to this ...
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Overview

Some people think that knowing about what goes on inside the human body can sap life of its mystery. Which is too bad for them, because anybody who’s ever taken a peak under the hood knows that the human body, and all its various structures and functions, is a realm of awe-inspiring complexity and countless wonders. The dizzying dance of molecule, cell, tissue, organ, muscle, sinew, and bone that we call life can be a thing of breathtaking beauty and humbling perfection. No one should be denied access to this spectacle because they don’t come from a scientific background. And now, thanks to Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies, no one needs to be.

Whether you’re an aspiring health-care or fitness professional or just somebody who’s curious about the human body and how it works, this book offers you a fun, easy way get a handle on the basics of anatomy and physiology.  In no time you’ll:

  • Understand the meanings of terms in anatomy and physiology
  • Get to know the body’s anatomical structures—from head to toe
  • Explore the body’s systems and how they interact to keep us alive
  • Gain insights into how the structures and systems function in sickness and health
  • Understand the human reproductive system and how it creates new life

Written in plain English and illustrated with dozens of beautiful illustrations, Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies covers everything from atoms to cells to organs, including:

  • Anatomic position and the divisions of the body
  • Increasingly magnified aspects of the body, from atoms to organs to systems
  • The anatomy and pathophysiology of the skeleton, muscles and skin
  • The anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology of the nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems
  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory, digestive, urinary and immune systems
  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the reproductive system
  • Keeping the body healthy through good nutrition

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your body from the inside out. Let Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies be your guide on a fantastic voyage through a world of countless wonders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554223
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/29/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Rae Siegfried has written about pharmaceutical and medical topics for fifteen years. Her work has appeared in Prevention and Men's Health.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Positioning Yourself to Study Anatomy.

Chapter 1: Parts of the Whole.

Chapter 2: Spanning the Ages: What Your Body Does Throughout Its Life.

Chapter 3: Forming Your Foundation.

Part II: Anatomy from Head to Toe.

Chapter 4: Boning Up on the Skeletal System.

Chapter 5: Bulking You Up on Muscles.

Chapter 6: The Great Coverup: Skin.

Part III: Focusing on Physiology.

Chapter 7: Getting on Your Nerves: The Nervous System.

Chapter 8: Moaning About Hormones: The Endocrine System.

Chapter 9: Putting Your Heart in It: The Circulatory System.

Chapter 10: Breathe a Sigh of Relief: The Respiratory System.

Chapter 11: Breaking Down: The Digestive System.

Chapter 12: Cleaning Up: The Urinary System.

Chapter 13: Fighting Fairly: The Immune System.

Part IV: Creating New Bodies.

Chapter 14: What a Production! Reproduction.

Chapter 15: Here I Grow Again: Birth and Development.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Keep Your Body Healthy.

Chapter 17: Ten Great Anatomy & Physiology Web Sites.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    Life Safer!

    I loved this book....and it is indeed a life-safer. Science had been my enemy in the past, but is now a friend...it is a great reference because it describes everything in 'lameman's terms.' Very great book to start off in the prerequisite classes to start studing for nursing! LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Anatomy really is easy!

    I am in school to become a massage therapist and although I have the technique down I have constantly struggled with the anatomy portion. But I bought Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies and I gotta say I don't fear test days, and I feel like I am able to advance with more confidence, so thank you so much, I love all the dummy series. Brea from Texas

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    Helped me do VERY well in my college level A& P class!

    I used this book to help me prepare for a college level A&P class. I am in the middle of switching careers to the medical field, so have had very limited experience with biology and the sciences. This book was clear, easy to understand, and a very good introduction to the A&P course material itself. The book is also entertaining. It's not as 'technical' as the Barron's books or other study guides, but it still manages to cover the most important topics. The book is also good for just about any age. I'm in my thirties, but I plan to let my 10 year old neice read it for her summer reading list. Good investment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    infomative for students

    the book explains the fundamentals for learning the bodies workings

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Good handbook for students

    I am just starting out as a nursing student and this book is a life saver. I don't recomend using it in place of your text book but it's definatley a worth while reference book for a little extra help and dumbing down the understanding on the tougher stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Very good supplement to any A&P course!

    This book is very well organized and gets to the point very quickly. It is the first 'Dummies' book I have bought that I actually used.

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