Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues with CDROM / Edition 2

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A lively narrative andfriendly writing style guarantees to engage readers. Stunning illustrations, abundant applications, and tools to help readers develop critical-thinking skills make this a superior book. 

Focuses on how readers’ bodies work, addresses issues relevant to personal health, environmental aspects of human biology, and social concerns. Fosters an appreciation for the intricacy of human biology and the place of humans in the ecosphere. Features a new chapter on stem cells (Ch. 19). Includes new essays on topics such as Lead Poisoning, Scientific Misconduct, and Bird Flu, Estrogens, and Vaccines and Autism. 

A lively, current reference for anyone interested in learning more about human biology.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321524171
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 5/9/2007
  • Series: Human Biology Place Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents




Chapter 1   Humans in the World of Biology 1

Chapter 2   Chemistry Comes to Life    14

Chapter 3   The Cell   37

Chapter 4   Body Organization and Homeostasis    62



Chapter 5   The Skeletal System 82

Chapter 6   The Muscular System   97

Chapter 7   Neurons: The Matter of the Mind   110

Chapter 8   The Nervous System    124

Chapter 8a SPECIAL TOPIC   Drugs and the Mind   142

Chapter 9   Sensory System 152

Chapter 10 The Endocrine System    174



Chapter 11 Blood   197

Chapter 12 The Circulatory System    211

Chapter 13 Body Defense Mechanisms    234

Chapter 13a SPECIAL TOPIC  Infectious Disease    256

Chapter 14 The Respiratory System   268

Chapter 14a SPECIAL TOPIC  Smoking and Disease 287

Chapter 15 The Digestive System    296

Chapter 15a SPECIAL TOPIC  Nutrition and Weight Control 313

Chapter 16 The Urinary System   329



Chapter 17 Reproductive Systems 349

Chapter 17a SPECIAL TOPIC  Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS   370

Chapter 18 Development Throughout Life 382



Chapter 19 Chromosomes and Cell Division 405

Chapter 19a Stem Cells––The Body’s Repair Kit    424

Chapter 20 Genetics and Human Inheritance   430

Chapter 21  DNA and Biotechnology 447

Chapter 21a SPECIAL TOPIC  Cancer    468



Chapter 22 Evolution and Our Heritage   480

Chapter 23  Ecology, the Environment, and Us    501

Chapter 24  Human Populations, Limited Resources, and Pollution   519

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