Encyclopedia of Human Body Systems
Our physical bodies have attributes and capabilities that are truly amazing. Would you believe there are about 100,000 miles of myelinated nerve fibers in your brain, or that you'll shed roughly 40 pounds of skin in your lifetime? Even after centuries of study, some higher-level functions of the human body are still not completely understood.
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This encyclopedia is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the systems of the human body that is accessible to the lay reader.
Ligaments and lymphatic fluid. The heart and the hormone regulatory system. The respiratory and reproductive systems. The human body comprises a myriad of fascinating, complex, and efficient systems, many of which operate constantly without our knowledge or awareness—that is, until we become ill or injured.
This encyclopedia provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to each of the systems of the human body, exploring all 11 organ systems of the human body: the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary systems. Each chapter includes detailed descriptions of important physiological processes, cell and tissue types, as well as the organs and their roles within the larger system. Special attention is also given to the ways in which these systems interact. Written in accessible prose, this text is an easy-to-understand reference for lay readers of any age and an ideal resource for any high school health curriculum.
- Features over 150 pictures, anatomical drawings, tables, and diagrams
- Provides entertaining sidebars and interesting facts throughout the encyclopedia
- Contains a bibliography and index to aid in study
- The comprehensive glossary contains more than 600 terms used in the text
- Accessible prose effectively communicates complex science to a general readership
- Provides in-depth coverage of all 11 systems of the human body
- Contains information on the integumentary system and the building blocks of the human body
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"Recommended for high schools or public libraries seeking an introductory reference book for their collections in this specific area."
"The writing is accessible, and the explanations would be easy for even the general reader with no background knowledge on the topic to understand. . . .This resource would be of interest to browsers as well as to students studying science and health topics. It would be a useful addition to high-school or public libraries."
"This two-volume set offers readers a concise description of the structure and function of 11 body systems. Sections
explain each system's anatomy, cellular chemistry, and organization, together with its relationship to the other body systems. Good writing makes it easy for readers to understand the various systems, and ample tables and line drawings supplement the text. . . . Recommended"
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