Encyclopedia of Human Body Systems [2 volumes]

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Ligaments and lymphatic fluid. The heart and the hormone regulatory system. The respiratory and reproductive systems. The human body comprises a myriad of fascinating, complex, and efficient systems, many of which operate constantly without our knowledge or awareness—that is, until we become ill or injured.

This encyclopedia provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to each of the systems of the human body, exploring all 11 organ systems of the human body: the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary systems. Each chapter includes detailed descriptions of important physiological processes, cell and tissue types, as well as the organs and their roles within the larger system. Special attention is also given to the ways in which these systems interact. Written in accessible prose, this text is an easy-to-understand reference for lay readers of any age and an ideal resource for any high school health curriculum.

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"Recommended for high schools or public libraries seeking an introductory reference book for their collections in this specific area."


Library Journal

"The writing is accessible, and the explanations would be easy for even the general reader with no background knowledge on the topic to understand. . . .This resource would be of interest to browsers as well as to students studying science and health topics. It would be a useful addition to high-school or public libraries."



"This two-volume set offers readers a concise description of the structure and function of 11 body systems. Sections

explain each system's anatomy, cellular chemistry, and organization, together with its relationship to the other body systems. Good writing makes it easy for readers to understand the various systems, and ample tables and line drawings supplement the text. . . . Recommended"



Library Journal
The goal of this set is to give an overview of the physiology of all 11 human body systems. Chapter 1 offers an introduction to the human body; the following chapters are based on each body system and include an interesting facts section, chapter highlights, and bolded words to watch out for (later defined in the glossary, which has over 600 words and is available at the end of both volumes). The bibliography in the back of each volume is mostly made up of books and websites, and there are over 150 monochromatic illustrations. A science and health-care journalist, editor McDowell has authored or coauthored several books (e.g., The Nervous System and Sense Organs; The Lymphatic System). She has successfully aimed this content toward a high school audience or above in terms of readability, though the title is misleading because the book is not a traditional encyclopedia. Readers will find neither cross-references nor references at the end of the chapters; the majority of the material is organized by the chapters on specific body systems. BOTTOM LINE Recommended for high schools or public libraries seeking an introductory reference book for their collections in this specific area. The book also serves as a good middle-ground purchase for libraries that do not need a title geared toward kids yet do not want one that features overly technical language, though additional purchases may have to be made if patrons are seeking, e.g., color illustrations. A book that may fill that gap is Anatomica: The Complete Home Medical Reference (Firefly, 2010).—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313391750
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 988
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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