Handy Anatomy Answer Book

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From basic biology and the lymphatic system to human growth and development, this comprehensive reference?organized by systems of the body?makes the sometimes perplexing nature of anatomy understandable through an engaging questionandanswer format. In addition to the science itself, the people and history behind anatomy are discussed. More than 1,200 questions are answered, including Do identical twins have the same fingerprints? What are the primary sensations of taste? What is the integumentary system? and How...
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Overview


From basic biology and the lymphatic system to human growth and development, this comprehensive reference—organized by systems of the body—makes the sometimes perplexing nature of anatomy understandable through an engaging questionandanswer format. In addition to the science itself, the people and history behind anatomy are discussed. More than 1,200 questions are answered, including Do identical twins have the same fingerprints? What are the primary sensations of taste? What is the integumentary system? and How many bones are in the human body?
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Editorial Reviews

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"The information is concise, clearly written, and easy to understand. Photographs and illustrations supplement the information and are in color with captions and identifying labels."— American Reference Books

"The general reader will find many interesting and perhaps entertaining anatomical details. The high-school student may discover information useful for an assignment. … For the Internet-savvy and impatient student accustomed to learning via FAQs-frequently asked questions--this book's format may be just right."— Booklist

"[H]undreds of fascinating, engaging facts are included in this book. I could not put it down. It is the book I would have loved to have when I was in 8th grade. It is a book I would have students read if I were teaching human anatomy. It is a book that should be found in school libraries and life science classrooms."— Children's Literature

"This engaging book will help readers understand the language of anatomy, which includes both physiology and pathology. The best part is the way the information is presented. One can learn a great deal by skimming through this text. This is a great reference book with a high level of interest for young adults. It is very worthy of being placed in a teacher's classroom library as well as any school library."— National Science Teachers Association Recommends

"The answers are both simple and clear, and scientific and medical terms are succinctly defined when they first appear. The illustrations, drawn from a variety of sources, supplement the text. The format makes this an appealing title for curious browsers and a good quick-answer source for teens; questions about how their bodies work. Students interested in careers in health or medicine will pore over this book with the avidity their younger siblings devote to books about dinosaurs."— School Library Journal

"A good deal of the information is presented in charts, which is a good way to condense information in a meaningful format. There is a lot of trivia throughout the book as well that will interest students. This is a great reference book."— The Science Teacher

"[T]his book can provide an excellent way to read and self-test for health and human biology classes. Adults wanting to know more about the subjects covered will also find a wealth of useful and accessible information."— VOYA

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
This engaging book will help readers understand the language of anatomy, which includes both physiology and pathology. The best part is the way the information is presented. This is a great reference book.
American Reference Books Annual
The information is concise, clearly written, and easy to understand. Photographs and illustrations supplement the information and are in color with captions and identifying labels.
Booklist
The general reader will find many interesting and perhaps entertaining anatomical details. The high-school student may discover information useful for an assignment... For the Internet-savvy and impatient student accustomed to learning via FAQs-frequently asked questions—this book's format may be just right.
Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
Quick, how many tonsils do humans have? How often do people have an extra rib? What is an ecorche? These and hundreds of fascinating, engaging facts are included in this book. When I thought about reviewing this book, I had a little dread, thinking it would be a dry, factual book. Instead, I could not put it down. It is the book I would have loved to have when I was in 8th grade. (Yes, I was a biology nerd then, too.) It is a book I would have students read if I were teaching human anatomy. It is a book that should be found in school libraries and life science classrooms. This handbook of answers is organized according to human systems. It starts with a readable and comprehensive background of basic biology and anatomy history. Each chapter is filled with questions and answers. I am no expert, but I know a great deal on this subject, and I did not find one error. The pictures relate to the topics, from skin cancer to goiters. The illustrations are superb and enhance understanding. Other features I really enjoyed included the addition of the origins of the words and discussions of the people involved in human anatomy discoveries. You can learn why twins or even clones will not have the same finger prints and learn about the people who tried to rid themselves of their fingerprints. You can learn and understand how the immune system works and how it goes amuck. So, if you want to find out how many nephrons are in a human kidney, how much flatulence is produced daily, or the main causes of nonviral hepatitis, you will find the answers in this book. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
VOYA - Rayna Patton
Latest in a series that began with The Handy Science Answer Book (Visible Ink Press, 1997), this anatomy and physiology fact book is organized like the detailed outline of a biology text. An introductory section on history, discovery, structural organization, and terminology is followed by numerous entries on human body systems, presented in the form of questions and answers. The first section covers basic biology, followed by sections on the integumentary system (skin), skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and so on. Specific questions are asked and then answered. There is some trivia-"Do identical twins have identical fingerprints?"-and a great deal of pure science-"How does blood transport oxygen?"; "How many muscles are in the human body?"; "How many mitochondria are there in a cell?"; and "What are the symptoms and signs of HIV?" There are more than a thousand questions and answers in this highly organized text, supplemented by detailed colored anatomical pictures and illustrative charts. Highly achieving students often organize their study by writing up their own course outlines. For everyone else, this book can provide an excellent way to read and self-test for health and human biology classes. Adults wanting to know more about the subjects covered will also find a wealth of useful and accessible information. The index is a very helpful way to locate specific information, as is the table of contents. Reviewer: Rayna Patton
School Library Journal

Adult/High School

Thirteen chapters cover the body's various systems (circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, etc.) and are preceded by a chapter on basic biology and followed by one on human growth and development. Each section consists of a series of questions and answers organized in a logical fashion, one flowing into the next and progressing from basic to more detailed. The answers are both simple and clear, and scientific and medical terms are succinctly defined when they first appear. The illustrations, drawn from a variety of sources, supplement the text. The format makes this an appealing title for curious browsers and a good quick-answer source for teens' questions about how their bodies work. Students interested in careers in health or medicine will pore over this book with the avidity their younger siblings devote to books about dinosaurs.-Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578591909
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 632,045
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


James Bobick is the head of the science and technology department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Naomi Balaban is a science and reference librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. They are the coauthors of The Handy Biology Answer Book and The Handy Science Answer Book. They both live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Background Facts     1
History
Levels of Organization
Anatomical Terminology
Imaging Techniques
Basic Biology     17
Chemistry for Biology
Biological Compounds
Cells
Tissues
Membranes
Homeostasis
Integumentary System     41
Introduction
Skin Structure
Skin Function
Nails
Hair
Accessory Glands
Skeletal System     59
Introduction
Bone Basics
Axial Skeleton
Appendicular Skeleton
Joints
Muscular System     83
Introduction
Organization of Muscles
Muscle Structure
Muscle Function
Nervous System     105
Introduction
Neuron Function
Central Nervous System
The Brain
Spinal Cord
Peripheral Nervous System: Somatic Nervous System
Peripheral Nervous System: Autonomic Nervous System
Learning and Memory
Sleep and Dreams
Sensory System     141
Introduction
Smell
Taste
Hearing
Vision
Endocrine System     161
Introduction
Hormones
Pituitary Gland
Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
Adrenal Glands
Pancreas
Pineal Gland
Reproductive Organs
Other Sources of Hormones
Cardiovascular System     185
Introduction
Blood
The Heart
Blood Vessels
Circulation
Lymphatic System     209
Introduction
Lymphatic Vessels and Organs
Nonspecific Defenses
SpecificDefenses
Allergies
Respiratory System     233
Introduction
Structure and Function
Respiration and Breathing
Sound Production
Digestive System     251
Introduction
Upper Gastro-Intestinal Tract
Lower Gastro-Intestinal Tract
Accessory Glands
Metabolism and Nutrition
Urinary System     279
Introduction
Kidneys
Accessory Organs
Urine and Its Formation
Reproductive System     291
Introduction
Male Reproductive System
Female Reproductive System
Sexual Response and Conception
Human Growth and Development     311
Introduction
Prenatal Development-Embryonic Period
Prenatal Development-Fetal Stage
Birth and Lactation
Postnatal Development
Glossary     335
Index     341
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