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  • Instructors consistently ask for a human biology textbook that helps students develop an understanding of the main themes of biology while placing the material in the context of the human body. Mader Human Biology was developed to fill this void.
  • Organized around the main themes of biology, Human Biology guides students to think conceptually about biology and the world around them. Just as the levels of biological organization flow from one level to the next, themes and topics of Biology are tied to one another throughout the chapter, and between the chapters and parts through the concept of homeostasis.
  • Combined with Dr. Mader’s hallmark writing style, exceptional art program, and pedagogical framework, difficult concepts become easier to understand and visualize, allowing students to focus on understanding how the concepts are related.
  • Multimedia Integration: Michael Windelspecht represents the new generation of digital authors. Through the integration of multimedia resources, such as videos, animations and MP3 files, and in the design of a new series of interactive animations, Dr Windelspecht has worked to bring Dr. Mader’s texts to the new generation of digital learners. A veteran of the online, hybrid, and traditional teaching environments, Dr. Windelspecht is well versed in the challenges facing today’s students and educators. Dr. Windelspecht has also acted as the subject matter expert on all aspects of the Connect content being prepared for the Mader series of textbooks. Users who purchase Connect Plus receive access to the full online ebook version of the textbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073525464
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 567,590
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia S. Mader has authored several nationally recognized biology texts published by McGraw Hill. Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Nova Southeastern University, she holds degrees in both Biology and Education. Over the years she has taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Massachusetts Bay Community College; Suffolk University; and Nathan Mayhew Seminars. Her ability to reach out to science-shy students led to the writing of her first text, Inquiry into Life, that is now in its thirteenth edition. Highly acclaimed for her crisp and entertaining writing style, her books have become models for others who write in the field of biology. Although her writing schedule is always quite demanding, Dr. Mader enjoys taking time to visit and explore the various ecosystems of the biosphere. Her several trips to the Florida Everglades and Caribbean coral reefs resulted in talks she has given to various groups around the country. She has visited the tundra in Alaska, the taiga in the Canadian Rockies, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and tropical rain forests in South America and Australia. A photo safari to the Serengeti in Kenya resulted in a number of photographs for her texts. She was thrilled to think of walking in Darwin’s steps when she journeyed to the Galápagos Islands with a group of biology educators. Dr. Mader was also a member of a group of biology educators who traveled to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts and exchange ideas about the teaching of modern-day biology.

As an educator, Dr. Michael Windelspecht has taught introductory biology, genetics, and human genetics in the online, traditional, and hybrid environments at community colleges, comprehensive universities, and military institutions.

For over a decade he served as the Introductory Biology Coordinator at Appalachian State University where he directed a program that enrolled over 4,500 students annually. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of biology at ASU where he teaches nonmajors biology and human genetics in the online and hybrid formats. He was educated at Michigan State University and the University of South Florida. Dr. Windelspecht is also active in promoting the scientific literacy of secondary school educators. He has led multiple workshops on integrating water quality research into the science curriculum, and has spent several summers teaching Pakistani middle school teachers. As an author, Dr. Windelspecht has published five reference textbooks, and multiple print and online lab manuals. He served as the series editor for a ten-volume work on the human body. For years Dr. Windelspecht has been active in the development of multimedia resources for the online and hybrid science classrooms. Along with his wife, Sandra, he owns a multimedia production company, Ricochet Creative Productions, which actively develops and assesses new technologies for the science classroom.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Human Perspective 1
Pt. 1 Human Organization 13
1 Chemistry of Life 13
2 Cell Structure and Function 39
3 Human Organization 59
Pt. 2 Maintenance of the Body 79
4 Digestive System and Nutrition 79
5 Composition and Function of Blood 107
6 Cardiovascular System 123
7 Lymphatic System and Immunity 141
8 Respiratory System 163
9 Urinary System and Excretion 183
Pt. 3 Movement and Support 203
10 Skeletal System 203
11 Muscular System 221
Pt. 4 Integration and Coordination in Humans 241
12 Nervous System 241
13 Senses 265
14 Endocrine System 287
Pt. 5 Human Reproduction 311
15 Reproductive System 311
16 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 333
AIDS Supplement 349
17 Development and Aging 357
Pt. 6 Human Genetics 379
18 Chromosomal Inheritance 379
19 Genes and Medical Genetics 397
20 DNA and Biotechnology 415
21 Cancer 437
Pt. 7 Human Evolution and Ecology 455
22 Evolution 455
23 Ecosystems 469
24 Population Concerns 489
App. A: Answer Key A-1
App. B Metric System A-8
App. C Table of Chemical Elements A-9
App. D Drugs of Abuse A-10
App. E Selected Types of Cancer A-12
App. F Acronyms A-17
App. G Internet Guide A-19
Glossary G-1
Credits C-1
Index I-1
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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    CD ROM Won't Work on Win 7 - STUDENTS BEWARE

    This piece of excrement company sends DVD ROMS in the 12th edition - required for homework, that won't work on Windows 7 operating system. Of course, you don't know that until you OPEN the actual DVD (which means you can't send it back), where the readme.txt states that Win 7 is not supported. Because on the actual DVD the text reads, "Windows and Macintosh".

    After opening a ticket with the company, they suggested I use it on a computer with a supported operating system. You PINHEADS! I only have one computer and your DVD won't play on it. Most college students I know don't have numerous computers laying around, so this effectively renders the book useless to get through my class.

    This is *highly* unacceptable. Way to go people, gouging students - the people least able to go buy a another computer so your DVD will actually work. I would have expected for the amount of $$ I had to fork out for these books you'd have at least ensured it'd work on an OS that's almost three years old.

    Windows 7 operating system was (generally) released in October 2009, and that's more than plenty of time for this company to have upgraded their DVDs to work with the most recent Windows operating system.

    There is absolutely no good reason for them not to have upgraded their OS compatibility (other than being cheap effing b@st@rds) to Win 7. This is crippling for classes as difficult as these.

    And no, the DVD still won't work even if you try running it in compatibility mode.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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