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This edition features the exact same content as the traditional text in a convenient, three-hole- punched, loose-leaf version. Books à la Carte also offer a great value for your students–this format costs 35% less than a new textbook.

With a new open, student-friendly layout and more media integration, the Fourth Edition of Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues continues to personalize the study of human biology. Its conversational writing style, stunning art, abundant applications, and learning tools develop your critical-thinking skills. The authors provide a conceptual framework to help you understand how our bodies work, and to deal with issues relevant to human health in today’s world. You’ll gain an appreciation for the intricacy of the human body and the place of humans in the ecosphere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321742094
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 1/27/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Judy Goodenough
Judy received her B.S. from Wagner College (Staten Island, NY), and her doctorate from New York University. She has 30 years of teaching experience at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in introductory level courses. The insights into student concerns and problems—gained from more than 25 years of teaching Human Biology and 20 years of team-teaching The Biology of Social Issues—have helped shape this book. In 1986, Judy was honored with a “Distinguished Teaching Award.” In addition to teaching, she has written articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed chapters to several introductory biology texts, and written numerous laboratory manuals. With the author team of McGuire and Jakob, she is preparing Perspectives on Animal Behavior.

Betty McGuire
Betty received her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University, where she also played varsity basketball. She went on to receive an M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her field and laboratory research emphasize the social behavior and reproduction of small mammals. She has published numerous research papers, co-authored the text Perspectives on Animal Behavior as well as several introductory biology study guides, and served as an Associate Editor for Mammalian Species, a publication of the American Society of Mammalogists. Betty taught Human Biology, Introductory Biology, Vertebrate Biology, and Animal Behavior at Smith College. She now teaches Mammalogy and The Vertebrates: Structure, Function, and Evolution at Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

1. Humans in the World of Biology

2. Chemistry Comes to Life

2a. Special Topic: Food Safety and Defense

3. The Cell

4. Body Organization and Homeostasis

5. The Skeletal System

6. The Muscular System

7. Neurons: The Matter of the Mind

8. The Nervous System

8a. Special Topic: Drugs and the Mind

9. Sensory Systems

10. The Endocrine System

10a. Special Topic: Diabetes Mellitus

11. Blood

12. The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System

12a. Special Topic: Cardiovascular Disease

13. Body Defense Mechanisms

13a. Special Topic: Infectious Disease

14. The Respiratory System

15. The Digestive System

15a. Special Topic: Nutrition and Weight Control

16. The Urinary System

17. Reproductive Systems

17a. Special Topic: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

18. Development Through Life

18a. Special Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorders

19. Chromosomes and Cell Division

19a. Special Topic: Stem Cells—A Repair Kit for the Body

20. Genetics and Human Inheritance

21. DNA and Biotechnology

21a. Special Topic: Cancer

22. Evolution and Our Heritage

23. Ecology, The Environment, and Us

24. Human Populations, Limited Resources, and Pollution

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