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The Complete Human Body

The Definitive Visual Guide

The Complete Human Body
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We inhabit it, we are it, and we are surrounded by 6.8 billion examples of it on the planet - the human body. Some parts of it are still mysteries to science and much is a mystery to the average person on the street. But we've come a long way from the sketches and diagrams drawn by the first anatomists in Ancient Greece. New medical procedures and imaging techniques have allowed "access all areas", revealing incredible detail and providing a much deeper understanding of how our bodies work. Making full use of all the latest knowledge, The Complete Human Body is the definitive guide to the development, form, function, and disorders of the human body, illustrated with unprecedented clarity by new computer-generated artworks and the latest medical and microscopic imaging. The Complete Human Body consists of five chapters. The first provides an overview of the human as an organism, covering human evolution, genetics, and the composition of the body. The second chapter explores human anatomy, looking at the body region by region (head and neck; thorax; abdomen and pelvis; upper arm; forearm and hand; hip and thigh; lower leg). The third chapter explores and explains how the body works, from individual organs to whole systems. Chapters four and five trace the human life cycle from zygote to old age, and profile the major diseases and disorders that can affect us. Contents PRELIMS (5pp) 1. INTEGRATED BODY (20pp) Human evolution - from our primate ancestors to modern humans. The human genome - our unique genetic makeup. Body composition - what the body is made up of. The complete human - how body systems work together to maintain health and equilibrium. 2. ANATOMY (240pp) Body Systems - an overview of the anatomy of the body systems: Skin, hair, and nails Skeletal system Muscular system Nervous system Cardiovascular system Lymphatic system Endocrine system Respiratory system Digestive system Urinary system Reproductive system Anatomy atlas - a detailed look at the anatomy of the human body, organized by body regions: Head and neck Torso (divided into thorax and abdomen) Shoulder and arm (divided into upper and lower) Hip and leg (divided into upper and lower) 3. HOW THE BODY WORKS (120pp) Skin, hair, and nails: includes skin functions, skin renewal, skin healing, hair growth. Skeletal system: includes bone functions, bone growth, making blood vessels, different types of joint, cartilages and ligaments, functions of the skull, functions of the spine, ribs, sternum, and pelvis. Muscular system: includes muscle functions, different types of muscle, how muscles work. Nervous system: includes nerve impulses, nerve regeneration, central nervous system, brain functions, the limbic system, the hypothalamus, peripheral nervous system, autonomic nervous system, voluntary and involuntary responses, reflexes, the senses. Cardiovascular system: includes blood functions, blood formation, how the heart works, circulation, arteries and veins. Endocrine system: includes gland functions, hormone secretion, how hormones work, triggers, controls, feedback. Lymphatic and immune system: includes body defenses, non-specific and specific responses, types and functions of white cells, fighting infections, spleen functions. Respiratory system: includes breathing, how the lungs work, gas exchange, vocalization, sneezing and coughing. Digestive system: includes teeth and chewing, production and function of saliva, swallowing, how the stomach works, function of the intestines, how the liver works, processing nutrients. Urinary system: includes blood filtration, blood volume and pressure regulation, producing urine, urine removal. Reproductive system: includes production of sperm and seminal fluid, female reproductive system, sexual intercourse, milk production. 4. LIFE CYCLE (46pp) - covers our development from conception to old age. Includes life cycle overview, inheritance and genes, conception and embryo development,fetal development, changes in the mother during pregnancy, labor and birth, newborn babies, childhood, puberty and adolescence, the aging process and death. 5. DISEASES AND DISORDERS (60pp) - profiles the major diseases and disorders; organized by system. INDEX (12pp) GLOSSARY (7pp) ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (2pp)
DK Publishing; August 2010
514 pages; ISBN 9780756675097
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