Human Body: A Visual Guide
  • Human Body: A Visual Guide
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Human Body: A Visual Guide

by Beverly McMillan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1554071887

ISBN-13: 9781554071883

Pub. Date: 09/13/2013

Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited

A superb handbook on the marvel that is the human body.

This new Visual Guide provides the latest scientific information on the human body, using microphotography, advanced medical imaging and annotated illustrations. The book reveals all the intricacy and beauty of the human body and shows the structure and functions of all the systems that make up a

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Overview

A superb handbook on the marvel that is the human body.

This new Visual Guide provides the latest scientific information on the human body, using microphotography, advanced medical imaging and annotated illustrations. The book reveals all the intricacy and beauty of the human body and shows the structure and functions of all the systems that make up a human being:

  • Circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems
  • Bones, muscles and skin
  • Sensory and digestive processes
  • Amazing workings of the brain and internal organs.

Human Body is packed with compelling information on the latest developments in modern medical procedures, reproductive technology, transplants, cosmetic surgery and new prosthetics. "FactFiles" are used throughout for quick reference to intriguing and important topics.

The author has created an outstanding and easy-to-access resource to the science of the human body.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071883
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/13/2013
Series:
Visual Guides Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

From the outside in

  • Building blocks: cells and tissues
  • The skin we're in
  • Below the skin's surface
  • Derivatives of the skin
  • The skin under siege
  • Skin as self
  • The three kinds of muscle groups
  • Skeletal muscles: 600 strong
  • Tendons and ligaments
  • How muscles move bones
  • Whole muscles at work
  • Strength, tone and fatigue
  • Making the most of muscles
  • The nature of bone
  • The dynamic life of a bone
  • The skeleton
  • Limbs: the "hanging" skeleton
  • Linking bone to bone
  • The skeleton under siege
  • Body cavities and linings

Control and communication

  • The nervous system
  • Master control: the central nervous system
  • Neurons: the great communicators
  • Nerves: long-distance messengers
  • Neural pathways
  • The peripheral nervous system
  • The spinal cord
  • The brain
  • Consciousness, memory and emotions
  • Language and speech
  • Endocrine controls
  • Hormone signals
  • The hypothalamus and the pituitary
  • Insulin and its kin
  • Corticoids
  • Sex hormones
  • The powerful thyroid
  • Hormones from the heart, gut and elsewhere
  • Hormones and the environment

Sensing the world

  • Humans as sensory creatures
  • Responding to a stimulus
  • Sensory pathways
  • Touch and pressure
  • Pain and its perception
  • The sense of smell
  • The sense of taste
  • Sound waves and the ear
  • Hair cells and hearing
  • A sense of where you are
  • Light and vision
  • Eyes: build to manage light
  • The photoreceptors
  • Interpreting visual signals
  • Sight under siege

Breath, blood and defense

  • The breath of life
  • Exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen
  • The mechanics of breathing
  • Breathing controls
  • Blood: the all-purpose transporter
  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Why and how blood clots
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The heart: two pumps in one
  • Heartbeat: the cardiac cycle
  • The heart's pacemaker
  • Dual circuits of blood
  • Blood pipelines
  • Return transit to the heart
  • The cardiovascular system under siege
  • The lymphatic system
  • Hidden enemies
  • Defensive strategies
  • The inflammation response
  • Immune responses
  • Recognizing the invader
  • Antibodies
  • Killer cells and other defenders
  • Medical immunology
  • The immune system under siege

Nourishment and maintenance

  • The body in balance
  • From food to nutrients
  • The digestive system
  • The digestive journey begins
  • The multipurpose stomach
  • Enzymes
  • The liver
  • Accessory organs
  • The small intestine
  • The large intestine
  • Hormones and hunger
  • The essential nutrients
  • Body weight: the energy equation
  • Our fluid interior
  • The urinary system
  • Maintaining a balance of water and salt
  • The blood in balance
  • A warm-bodied heritage
  • Body heat

Continuity

  • The reproductive imperative
  • The female reproductive system
  • The remarkable egg
  • The male reproductive system
  • The remarkable sperm
  • Uniting sperm and egg
  • Pregnancy
  • Development begins
  • The dynamic early embryo
  • Prenatal life
  • Birth
  • Transitions from infancy to adulthood
  • Aging
  • The genetic basis of life
  • Dividing cells, multiplying chromosomes
  • Genes and inheritance
  • Single-gene and polygenic traits
  • Dominant and recessive traits
  • Gene mutations
  • Mapping the human genome
  • Cancer: a genetic disease
  • Gene therapy

Factfile
Glossary
Index

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