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The Handy Anatomy Answer Book
     

The Handy Anatomy Answer Book

by Patricia Barnes-Svarney, Thomas E. Svarney
 

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We all have one. The human body. But do we really know all of its parts and how they work? The Handy Anatomy Answer Book is the key to unlocking this door to a wondrous world. Covering all the major body systems—integumentary (skin, hair, etc.), skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive,

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We all have one. The human body. But do we really know all of its parts and how they work? The Handy Anatomy Answer Book is the key to unlocking this door to a wondrous world. Covering all the major body systems—integumentary (skin, hair, etc.), skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive, and, for good measure, adds chapters on growth and development and how science can help and augment the body—it follows the fascinating maze of organ systems and shows how much the body does routinely just to let you move, breathe, eat, and fight off disease.

This handy reference helps make the language of anatomy—as well as physiology and pathology—more understandable and less intimidating. Fascinating trivia, plus serious facts, combine to answer over 1,200 questions about the human body, including What is Gray’s Anatomy? What does it mean to have 20/20 vision? Why is blood sticky? How does exercise affect the heart? What is “gluten intolerance”? Is urine always yellow in color? What are the seven warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease? What is a reflex? How much sleep does an individual need? Can humans use organs from other animals for transplants?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"... accessible, well-illustrated ... absorbing resource ... recommended for ... anyone interested in how the body functions." — Library Journal

"Ever find yourself short on time and needing to quickly answer a student's question about anatomy? Wish you had the most up–to–date reference book on your desk? The Handy Anatomy Answer Book is a good general resource for common human body questions." — National Science Teachers Association Recommends

"This perfect resource book could double as a textbook or a great review book." — Children's Literature

Praise for the previous edition ...
"...a wealth of useful and accessible information..." — VOYA magazine

"...a great reference book..." — The Science Teacher magazine

"...appealing title for curious browsers and a good quick-answer source for teens..." — School Library Journal

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
This book starts with the history of anatomy study that probably began with the Greeks. So many words in anatomy have Greet origins and these origins are given throughout; for example, history is Greek for web and histology is the study of tissues. Gray’s Anatomy is the gold standard of anatomy books and has had forty editions since first published in 1858. Svarney’s title has a very comprehensive index. There is a basic review of locations, body regions, chemistry, and organization. Important molecules are linked to the organ systems that are then featured in this book. Each system was briefly, yet thoroughly, covered with accurate and current information. The difference between tennis elbow and golf elbow is explained?but we now are experiencing cell phone elbow! There are edifying side boxes. One often hears that it take more muscles to frown than smile; readers learn that there are a lot of variables with smiling and frowning, but generally that is true. Illustrations are few but effective. A muscle is expanded out to the cellular level. Local anesthetics work by blocking the permeability of the nerve membrane so the nerve cannot conduct the pain signal. The word hormone means to set in motion and each gland’s function is described. The explanations of diabetes and the graphic are very clear. STDs and reproduction are included. Human development is briefly covered from conception to old age. The illustration of greenstick fractures should be in every ER to better explain in the need for a cast. This perfect resource book could double as a textbook or a great review book. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell; Ages 14 up.
Library Journal
02/01/2016
In Barnes-Svarney and Svarney's (coauthors, The Handy Math Answer Book) accessible, well-illustrated resource, entries are posed as questions, such as: "What is arthritis?" and "What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?" With answers that are succinct and informational, the updated entries in this second edition include a section on physiology to reflect advances in medicine and technology. Cellphone elbow is now a condition alongside tennis and golf elbow. This book is not only about how the body works or doesn't work, it also defines common terminology such as sleep apnea and muscular dystrophies. An easy-to-use format, complete with color-coded and labeled tabs, makes finding information convenient. VERDICT The array of topics covered will provide students with a strong starting point, and creates an absorbing resource for the layperson. This useful reference is recommended for both middle and high school students of anatomy as well as anyone interested in how the body functions.—Christine Sharbrough, Chelmsford P.L., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578595426
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
02/09/2016
Series:
Handy Answer Book Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
321,604
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Patricia Barnes-Svarney is a science and science fiction writer. Over the past few decades, she has written or coauthored more than 35 books, including Visible Ink Press’ The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book. She is the author of When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks, and she was also the editor/author of the award-winning New York Public Library Science Desk Reference.

Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist who has written extensively about the natural world. His books, with Patricia Barnes-Svarney, include Visible Ink Press’ The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book, and he is also the author of Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness around the World and The Oryx Guide to Natural History.

They live in Endicott, NY.

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