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Our Marvelous Bodies offers a unique perspective on the structure, function, and care of the major systems of the human body. Unlike other texts that use a strictly scientific approach, physiologist Gary F. Merrill relays medical facts alongside personal stories that help students relate to and apply the information.Readers learn the basics of feedback control systems, homeostasis, and physiological gradients. These principles apply to an understanding of the body's functioning under optimal, healthy conditions, and they provide insight into states of acute and chronic illness. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the body's systems in detail: nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and immune. Through a series of real-life examples, the book also shows the importance of maintaining careful medical records for health care professionals, scientists, and patients alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. LIST OF FIGURES
  2. p. ix
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  1. LIST OF TABLES
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. The Foundation
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Understanding the Mammalian Nervous System
  2. pp. 18-34
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  1. 3. The Endocrine System and Physiological Communication
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. 4. The Cardiovascular System and the Blood
  2. pp. 53-75
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  1. 5. Health and the Respiratory System
  2. pp. 76-93
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  1. 6. Kidneys and Renal Physiology
  2. pp. 94-108
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  1. 7. The Gastrointestinal System
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. 8. The Reproductive System
  2. pp. 128-137
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  1. 9. The Immune System
  2. pp. 138-150
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  1. 10. Muscle Function
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. 11. Integrated Physiological Responses
  2. pp. 162-169
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  1. 12. For the Record
  2. pp. 170-184
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  1. GLOSSARY
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. NOTES AND SUGGESTED READING
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 209-219
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813544700
Related ISBN
9780813542812
MARC Record
OCLC
276170123
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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