The Human Body & the Environment [4 volumes]: How Our Surroundings Affect Our Health

Overview

If someone dropped you on the moon without an astronaut's equipment, what would happen? You'd die, of course. The human body depends on its environment. This engaging four-volume set examines our bodies' inseparable relationship with the environment. Each volume presents the parts of a particular body system and how they work, things that go wrong and how they're treated, how the environment affects the particular body system and impacts our health, controversial environmental issues (where applicable), and ...

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Overview

If someone dropped you on the moon without an astronaut's equipment, what would happen? You'd die, of course. The human body depends on its environment. This engaging four-volume set examines our bodies' inseparable relationship with the environment. Each volume presents the parts of a particular body system and how they work, things that go wrong and how they're treated, how the environment affects the particular body system and impacts our health, controversial environmental issues (where applicable), and changes individuals and groups are making to fix environmental problems and restore health.

Volume 1: The Muscular & Skeletal Systems

Volume 2: The Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

Volume 3: The Digestive & Urinary Systems

Volume 4: The Reproductive & Nervous Systems

Set Features:

• 576 pages in 4 volumes

• 7 x 10

• 2-color interior

• 175 Photographs

• 50 Charts and Illustrations

• Sidebars and Fact boxes

• Glossary

• Pronunciation key

• Source list (books, Web sites, etc.)

• Index.

Curriculum Themes:

• Anatomy

• Body Systems (parts of each system and how they interact together)

• Diseases

• Common tests and treatments

• Environmental impact on health

• Wellness techniques.

Reading Level: 6th-8th Grade

A four-volume reference work which explores the parts of body systems and how they work, things that can go wrong with each and how they are treated, and the impact of environment on health.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This new health series—whose four volumes cover muscular and skeletal systems, the circulatory and respiratory systems, digestive and urinary systems, and reproductive and nervous systems—distinguishes itself by highlighting environmental issues that affect health. These include pollution, chemicals, biological agents such as bacteria, diet, smoking, and lifestyle. Many common and less common health problems are described, along with sophisticated new diagnostic procedures. Drug therapies are not mentioned often, but appropriate lifestyle changes are stressed. The volumes are organized so that each body system, for example the endocrine system, is described anatomically with helpful illustrations, and the working of that system is explained. The second chapter then describes various diseases of the endocrine system such as Addison's disease. A third chapter on environmental factors causing health disorders of the system follows, such as Type 2 Diabetes or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Information given is up-to-date and accurate. When the role of environmental factors in causing disease is suspected but not fully understood, it is presented as theoretical. It must be noted that prions, BSE, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, coronavirus, and SARS do not get a mention. Although admittedly quite uncommon, they are sure to be in the news for some time. The indexes are excellent but specific for each volume, which also contain individual bibliographies that include suggested Web sites. Well-chosen illustrations enhance the text, which is accessible without being trivial. This series has much to offer students looking for research material. Although particularly appropriate for studentsthrough ninth grade, it will also be a useful starting place for older students. 2003, Greenwood, 576p. in 4 vols.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio., PLB. Ages 11 to 18.
—Rayna Patton
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Attractive volumes on the human body and how its various systems interact, for good or ill, with the physical environment. Each title announces two major systems, though others are included. Circulatory & Respiratory also considers the immune system and Digestive & Urinary discusses the lymphatic system. Muscular & Skeletal collapses these two systems into musculoskeletal and adds information about the skin. Reproductive & Nervous starts off with the endocrine system and concludes with the senses. The books describe each system, detail common diseases, and discuss effects of the environment. The final chapters look at ways of keeping the systems healthy. The writing is crisp, clear, and accessible. The environmental information is current and often frightening. Each book has its own glossary, bibliography, and index, and can thus stand on its own, though locating the five systems not mentioned in the titles might require searching through each volume. Charts, graphs, insets, and numerous black-and-white photos and illustrations appear throughout the set. Unfamiliar vocabulary is highlighted in a beige color that fades into the page. Despite a few shortcomings, these books provide an important perspective for students. Some librarians might prefer to circulate them so that students can spend some time with them.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313325588
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Series: Middle School Reference Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 9.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: The Muscular & Skeletal Systems

Volume II: The Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

Volume III: The Digestive & Urinary Systems

Volume IV: The Reproductive & Nervous Systems

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