Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Feb 26, 2015 - Science - 144 pages
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A vast subject that includes a strange vocabulary and an apparent mass of facts, human anatomy can at first appear confusing and off-putting. But the basic construction of the human body - the skeleton, the organs of the chest and abdomen, the nervous system, the head and neck with its sensory systems, and anatomy for breathing and swallowing - is vital for anyone studying medicine, biology, and health studies. In thisVery Short Introduction Leslie Klenerman provides a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the structure, function, and main systems of the human body, including a number of clear and simple illustrations to explain the key areas.

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Contents

The development of anatomy
1
The skeleton and its attachments
11
The vital systems
35
Communication and control
51
The head and neck
70
The trunkabdomen and pelvis
86
The limbs
112
Man the tottering biped
135
Further reading
145
Index
147
A Very Short Introduction
154
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155
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Leslie Klenerman is an Emeritus Professor of Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Liverpool. As a consultant orthopedic surgeon he worked at Northwick Park Hospital and Clinical Research Center until he moved to Liverpool University. For the past seven years he has worked in the Anatomy Department at Cambridge University as a Senior Demonstrator. He is the author of several publications.

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