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Guide to the Human Body » (Second edition, revised and updated)

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Authors: Richard Walker
ISBN-13: 9781552978795, ISBN-10: 1552978796
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Date Published: August 2008
Edition: Second edition, revised and updated

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Author Biography: Richard Walker

Richard Walker is an award-winning author on human biology. A past winner of the Aventis Junior Prize for Science Books, he is the author of Encyclopedia of the Human Body and Microscopic Life.

Book Synopsis

An illustrated guide to the human body covering anatomy and physiology and including a medical encyclopedia of medical conditions and elements of human biology. The second edition is fully updated.

Rayna Patton - VOYA

The books in the Firefly Guide series are characterized by their small size, small but clear typeface, splendid color illustrations, and densely informative text. They are generally written by distinguished authorities in the field. Their low cost and the high quality of the information and of the books themselves make them well worth considering for high school libraries. Guide to the Human Body is divided into twelve major body systems, with many beautifully clear and well-chosen illustrations. What follows is a seventy-page medical encyclopedia, almost a glossary, with short entries for a wide range of topics such as abortion, blood poisoning, and even prions, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE/mad cow disease), and its human counterpart, Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD). In addition, the book has several well-illustrated pages describing the way that cells work and the overall organization of the body. Despite the indisputable merits of this up-to-date little book, most school libraries might already have a great deal of the same information in the health section. The series also includes guides to the human body, global hazards, gems, fossils, flags of the world, and space. (Firefly Guides).. VOYA Codes 5Q 3P S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Firefly, 192p.; Index. Illus. Photos., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.

Table of Contents

Human body4
DNA and proteins8
Body organization
Tissue, organs, systems10
Integumentary system
Skin, hair, nails12
Skeletal system
Shoulder and arm22
Hip and leg24
Muscular system
Muscles and movement30
Muscle contraction32
Nervous system
Neurons and synapses34
Spinal cord40
Autonomic nervous system44
Touch and pain46
Taste and smell48
Eyes and vision50
Ears, hearing and balance54
Endocrine system
Endocrine glands and hormones56
Pituitary gland58
Cardiovascular system
Blood vessels68
Lymphatic system
Lymph and organs70
Immune system
Lymphocytes and antibodies72
Respiratory system
Lungs and gas exchange76
Larynx and speech80
Digestive system
Food and nutrition82
Chewing and swallowing84
Small intestine and pancreas88
Large intestine90
Liver and metabolism92
Urinary system
Bladder and urination96
Reproductive system
Fertilization and implantation102
Growth and development108
Genes and inheritance110
Medical Encyclopedia112