Human Body Systems [10 volumes]: [Ten Volumes]

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Overview

The human body is made up of systems of organs, which, when working properly, allow people to go through their daily tasks without a second thought. When the system, or one of its organs, malfunctions, doctors must work with patients to determine optimal treatments to restore organ function and health. Researchers are developing new and improved treatments all the time. This ten-volume set looks at each of the human body's systems in detail. At the beginning of each volume, the author introduces the system and its component parts, explaining how each works and its importance to health. Common malfunctions and diseases of the system are also presented, along with typical tests and treatments. Next, a history of the study of this system traces important discoveries about this body system, and identifies the doctors, scientists, and researchers who made these discoveries. Finally, each volume ends with a discussion about the future of the body system—what researchers are still trying to learn about how the system works, and potential new therapies to solve as-yet-untreatable diseases and injuries. Fascinating facts about each body system, and a list of resources for further information, will help both students and patients locate all they need to know about the body system they are researching.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 6 Up-Good resources for serious inquiries into human physiology, medicine, and even the history of science. These independent but uniformly designed volumes examine the functions and structures of a particular system, from the skeletal to the lymphatic, then go on to describe relevant medical research past and present and, finally, associated diseases and treatments. The scanty illustrations are, mostly, simple labeled drawings, with an admixture of small, drab black-and-white photos and, in each volume, a modest color section-but the meaty texts compensate for the unappealing design. In Circulatory, for instance, readers will find (among much else) a detailed description of the arterial wall's complex structure, an account of the invention of the stethoscope by Rene-Theophile-Hyacinthe La'nnec, and a reference to recent study that uncovered a beneficial effect of nicotine. This set merits consideration as an updated companion for Renato Dulbecco's multivolume Encyclopedia of Human Biology (Elsevier, 1997); the individual volumes are also solid candidates for circulating collections.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313331190
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Human Body Systems Series
  • Pages: 2000
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL WINDELSPECHT is Assistant Professor of Biology at Appalachian State University. He is the author of two books in Greenwood's Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries through the Ages series, author of The Digestive System, coauthor of The Lymphatic System, and editor of Greenwood's Human Body Systems series.

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