Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2011 - Science - 384 pages
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Some people think that knowing about what goes on inside the human body can sap life of its mystery. Which is too bad for them, because anybody who’s ever taken a peak under the hood knows that the human body, and all its various structures and functions, is a realm of awe-inspiring complexity and countless wonders. The dizzying dance of molecule, cell, tissue, organ, muscle, sinew, and bone that we call life can be a thing of breathtaking beauty and humbling perfection. No one should be denied access to this spectacle because they don’t come from a scientific background. And now, thanks to Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies, no one needs to be.

Whether you’re an aspiring health-care or fitness professional or just somebody who’s curious about the human body and how it works, this book offers you a fun, easy way get a handle on the basics of anatomy and physiology.  In no time you’ll:

  • Understand the meanings of terms in anatomy and physiology
  • Get to know the body’s anatomical structures—from head to toe
  • Explore the body’s systems and how they interact to keep us alive
  • Gain insights into how the structures and systems function in sickness and health
  • Understand the human reproductive system and how it creates new life

Written in plain English and illustrated with dozens of beautiful illustrations, Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies covers everything from atoms to cells to organs, including:

  • Anatomic position and the divisions of the body
  • Increasingly magnified aspects of the body, from atoms to organs to systems
  • The anatomy and pathophysiology of the skeleton, muscles and skin
  • The anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology of the nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems
  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory, digestive, urinary and immune systems
  • The anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the reproductive system
  • Keeping the body healthy through good nutrition

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about your body from the inside out. Let Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies be your guide on a fantastic voyage through a world of countless wonders.


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What Youre Not to Read
How This Book Is Organized
Positioning Yourself to Study Anatomy
Focusing on Physiology
Icons Used in This Book
Part I
Chapter 1
Analyzing arteries and veins
Your capillaries
Pathophysiology of the Circulatory System
High blood pressure
Heart disease and stroke
Sickle cell anemia
Chapter 10
Knowing Your Respiratory Anatomy

Dissecting Anatomy Physiology and Pathophysiology
The function of physiology
From Atoms to Organs
Combining atoms to make molecules
The stuff of life
Organs not the keyboard kind
Heres Looking at You Kid
Dividing the anatomy
Mapping out your regions
Cavities your dentist already knows about
When Things Go Wrong
Knowing Whats Good For You
Chapter 2
How your cells metabolize
A Bodys Place in the World
Youre Not a Tree
DNA chromosomes and genes
Making more DNA and chromosomes
Building blocks that build you
Chapter 3
You animal you
Organizing Cells Into Tissues
Connecting with connective tissue
Amassing info on muscle tissue
Getting nervous about nervous tissue?
Part II
Chapter 4
Bony Background
Describing the structure of a bone
The Bones of the Axial Skeleton
Setting you straight on the curved vertebral column
Being caged can be a good thing
The Appendicular Skeleton
Arms and legs
Articulating Joints
Knowing what your joints can do
Pathophysiology of the Skeletal System
Are you twisted sister?
Pouring over osteoporosis
Chapter 5
Talking About Tissue Types
Getting a Grip on Skeletal Muscle Contractions
Meeting the components that cause a contraction
Getting in on the action
Getting to the nonaction
Working with you on synergists
Locating Skeletal Muscles of the Body
Naming muscles from top to bottom
Pathophysiology of the Muscular System
Muscular dystrophy
Chapter 6
Touching the epidermis
The dermis
The subcutaneous layer
Now hair this
Growing nails
Nothings bland about glands
Saving Your Skin
Healing your wounds
Controlling your thermostat
Sensing whats going on
Skin Disorders and Diseases
Part III
Chapter 7
Navigating the nervous system
Integrating the input with the output
Beginning with a nerve cell
Transmitting Impulses
Thinking About Your Brain
Your cerebellum
Your brain stem
Trickling through the ventricles
The diencephalon
Making Sense of Your Senses
Pathophysiology of the Nervous System
Alzheimers disease
Chapter 8
Looking at types of hormones
Discovering how hormones work
Grouping the Glands of the Endocrine System
The hypothalamus and pituitary glands
Thy thyroid and thou
Thy must know the thymus
Flat as a pancreas
Stomaching another gland
Your adrenal glands
Going for the gonads
Pathophysiology of the Endocrine System
Hypothyroidism versus Graves disease
Chapter 9
Red cells
White cells
Plugging along with platelets
Your Heart
Physiology of the Heart
The cardiac cycle
Putting your finger on your pulse
Looking at Your Blood Vessels
Swallowing some facts
Tracking your trachea into your lungs
Lining your lungs
Going through the Respiratory Membrane
Exchanging Gases between Blood and Cells
Exploring What Can Go Wrong
Chapter 11
Following the Path of Food
Now thats a mouthful
No the pharynx and esophagus are not Egyptian landmarks
Stirring it up in your stomach
Testing your intestinal fortitude
Doing the Chemical Breakdown
Filtering through your liver
Gliding on through your gallbladder
Cranky Crohns disease
Doing the diarrhea trot
Irritable bowel syndrome
Ulcerative colitis
Upsetting ulcers
Chapter 12
The kidneys
Removing urea from the bodys cells
Forming urine in the kidneys
Traveling down your ureters
Storing urine in your bladder
Maintaining Homeostasis
Regulating your pH
Urinary System Diseases and Disorders
Calculating kidney stones
Incontinence across the continents
Chapter 13
Loving Your Lymphatic System
The splendid spleen
The thymus gland puts the T in T cells
Inflammation Is Swell
Neutrophils to the rescue
Defending Your Health Against Invasion
Antibodymediated immunity
Cellmediated immunity
Granting Immunity
Passive immunity
Part IV
Chapter 14
The Female Reproductive System
Demystifying menstruation
Invaginating the vagina
The keys to your vulva
The Male Reproductive System
Inside the male reproductive system
Outside the male reproductive system
Creating a Pregnancy
Preventing a Pregnancy
For the ladies
Pathophysiology of the Reproductive System
Chapter 15
The first trimester
The second trimester
The third trimester
Complicating Things
The Labor of Love
Stage one
Stage two
Stage three
Making trouble from the start
The Real After Birth
Growing up and getting creaky
Part V
Chapter 16
Eat Your Veggies and Fruits Dear
Exercise Regularly Not Sporadically
Slather on the Sunscreen
Get Seven to Nine Hours of Sleep
Eat Oatmeal and Other Grains
Do SelfExams on Breasts or Testicles
Get Regular Check Ups
Chapter 17
Human Anatomy and Physiology Case Study Project
University of Arizona Physiology Department
Color Insert
The Nervous System
The Glands of the Endocrine System
Arterial Components of the Circulatory System
Chambers of the Heart
The Respiratory System
Anatomy of the Bronchiole
The Digestive System
Internal and External Features of the Stomach
The Urinary System
Blood Supply of the Nephron and Anatomy of the Kidney in Cross Section
The Lymphatic System
The Female Reproductive System
The Male Reproductive System
The Adult Skeleton
The Muscular System
A Cross Section of the Skin

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Donna Rae Siegfried has written about pharmaceutical and medical topics for fifteen years. Her work has appeared in Prevention and Men's Health.

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