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The most comprehensive and understandable presentation of the biology of the human body, Starr and McMillan's Fourth Edition of HUMAN BIOLOGY continues with the same clarity of writing and profound instructive value of illustrations as in previous editions. Popular and respected, this book provides sound science in an accessible style, bringing concepts of biology into the context of students' own bodies and lives.
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Provides an account of the diverse topics in biology as they apply to humans. Substantially updated from the last edition, published two years ago, it begins with an overview of basic concepts and methods, followed by principles of biochemistry and cell structure and function, units on body systems, reproduction, and the principles of inheritance, and a final unit on the principles of evolution and ecology that the authors consider vital background for an informed citizenry. Plentiful relevant color illustrations.. CD-ROM follows the text and includes animations, sound, video clips, and a speaking glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840061669
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 990,116
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."

Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 25 years and is coauthor of a college text in human biology, now in its eighth edition. She was worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing, including 8 years in editorial management positions in the college divisions of Random House and McGraw-Hill. In a multifaceted freelance career, Bev also has written or coauthored 10 trade books, as well as story panels for exhibitions at the Science Museum of Virginia and the San Francisco Exploratorium. She has worked as a radio producer and speechwriter for the University of California system and as science writer and media relations advisor for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Concepts in Human Biology 2
1 Chemical Foundations for Cells 14
2 Cell Structure and Function 38
3 Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis 66
4 Musculoskeletal System: Support and Movement 86
5 Digestion and Nutrition 110
6 Circulation and Blood 136
7 Immunity 164
8 Respiration 186
9 Control of Salt-Water Balance and Body Temperature 202
10 Nervous System 220
11 Sensory Perception 248
12 Integration and Control: Endocrine System 268
13 Reproductive Systems 288
14 Development 306
15 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 332
16 Cell Reproduction 352
17 Observable Patterns of Inheritance 374
18 Chromosome Variations and Medical Genetics 390
19 DNA Structure and Function 408
20 Cancer: A Case Study of Genes and Disease 426
21 Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering 442
22 Principles of Evolution 460
23 Human Evolution 478
24 Ecosystems 490
25 Impacts of Human Populations 512
App. I Periodic Table of the Elements
App. II Units of Measure
App. III Answers to Genetics Problems
App. IV Answers to Self-Quizzes
App. V Key to Critical Thinking Questions
Glossary of Biological Terms
Credits and Acknowledgments
Applications Index
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