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Each title in the series the Human Body: How it works investigates a different system or process of the human body, from organ systems to cells. Written by experts in human anatomy and accompanied by full-color illustrations, photos, charts, and diagrams, each title thoroughly examines the role of each system as part of the complex machine that is the human body.
The skeletal and muscular systems not only allow us to move and stand tall, but they are also involved in protecting the body, allowing it to grow, and performing subconscious activities such as breathing and the beating of the heart. The heart, an organ made of muscle, distributes blood that lets other systems of the body function. These complex systems work together to achieve many essential bodily functions. In The Skeletal and Muscular Systems, learn how these two systems interact to keep the human body alive and in motion.
Introduction Denton A. Cooley 6
1 The Skeletal and Muscular Systems 10
2 Bones and Other Skeletal Components 14
3 The Axial Skeleton 25
4 The Appendicular Skeleton 42
5 Joints and Soft Tissues of the Skeleton 59
6 Bone Growth and Repair 68
7 Muscles, Muscle Cells, and Muscle Tissues 82
8 Skeletal Muscles 97
Appendix: Conversion Chart 109
Further Resources 127
Picture Credits 129
About the Author 136