The most comprehensive and understandable presentation of the biology of the human body, Starr and McMillan's Fourth Edition of HUMAN BIOLOGY continues with the same clarity of writing and profound instructive value of illustrations as in previous editions. Popular and respected, this book provides sound science in an accessible style, bringing concepts of biology into the context of students' own bodies and lives.
About the Author
For two decades, Cecie Starr secured her place as one of the bestselling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect, but now, instead of building houses, she builds with care and attention to detail incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."
Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 25 years and is coauthor of a college text in human biology, now in its eighth edition. She was worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing, including 8 years in editorial management positions in the college divisions of Random House and McGraw-Hill. In a multifaceted freelance career, Bev also has written or coauthored 10 trade books, as well as story panels for exhibitions at the Science Museum of Virginia and the San Francisco Exploratorium. She has worked as a radio producer and speechwriter for the University of California system and as science writer and media relations advisor for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of ContentsI: FOUNDATION. 1. Concepts and Methods in Human Biology. 2. The Chemistry of Life. 3. Cells. 4. Introduction to Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis. II: BODY SYSTEMS AND FUNCTIONS. 5. The Muscular and Skeletal Systems. 6. Digestion and Nutrition. 7. Blood and Circulation. 8. Immunity. 9. The Respiratory System. 10. Water-Salt Balance and Excretion. 11. The Nervous System. 12. Sensory Reception. 13. The Endocrine System. III. HUMAN REPRODUCTION. 14. Reproductive Systems. 15. Development and Aging. 16. Life at Risk: Infectious Disease. IV. PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 17. Cell Reproduction. 18. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 19. Chromosome Variations and Medical Genetics. 20. DNA Structure and Function. 21. Cancer: A Case Study of Genes and Disease. 22. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering. V: EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY. 23. Evolution. 24. Ecosystems. 25. Impacts of the Human Population. APPENDIX I: ENERGY, ENZYMES, AND METABOLISM / APPENDIX II: PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS / APPENDIX III: UNITS OF MEASURE / APPENDIX IV: ANSWERS TO GENETICS PROBLEMS / APPENDIX V: ANSWERS TO SELF-QUIZZES / APPENDIX VI: KEY TO CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS / GLOSSARY OF BIOLOGICAL TERMS / INDEX / APPLICATIONS INDEX.