Author(s): Dorling Kindersley
How well do you know your own body? Why do your ears affect your sense of balance? Why is your blood red? This encyclopaedia answers these and thousands of other questions as it explores the body, inside and out.
Working parts: being human; natural variation; under the microscope; cells; cell structure; cell chemistry; the double helix; tissues; organs and systems; imaging techniques. Moving framework: integumentary system; skin surface; skin features; hair; skeletal system; skull; backbone and ribs; limbs and girdles; hands and feet; bones in evolution; bone structure; growth and repair; joints; joints and movement; muscular system; skeletal muscles; how muscles contract; anatomy and art; movement and posture; muscles and exercise. Control and sensation: nervous system; neurons; synapses; nerves; spinal cord; reflexes; the brain; mapping the brain; cerebral activities; memory and emotions; consciousness and sleep; autonomic nervous system; communication; understanding the mind; touch; smell and taste; hearing; balance; the eye; eye structure; how we see; endocrine system; endocrine glands; pituitary gland; the search for insulin. Supply and maintenance: cardiovascular system; blood; red blood cells; white blood cells; platelets and clotting; blood transfusions; heart; heartbeats; heart problems; blood circulation; blood vessels; pressure and flow; lymphatic and immune systems; lymphoid organs; diseases; non-specific defences; immune system; vaccination for all; immune system disorders; respiratory system; lungs; gas exchange; breathing; the vital flame; making sounds; digestive system; teeth; chewing and swallowing; stomach; small intestine; large intestine; nutrition; the search for vitamins; vitamins and minerals; metabolism; liver; energy balance; urinary system; kidneys; kidney functions; bladder and urination. New generations: reproductive systems; male reproductive system; sperm production; female reproductive system; ovarian and menstrual cycles; conception; fertility; early pregnancy; growing fetus; birth; saving mothers; life story; infancy; childhood; adolescence; adulthood and ageing; human inheritance; chromosomes and genes; chance and heredity; human genome project. The body through time: early humans; the ancient world; Ancient Greece and Rome; Arabic medicine; the Middle Ages; Renaissance discoveries; the scientific age; advances in surgery; microbe hunters; public health; modernizing medicine; alternative therapies; the body today.