Known for its unique “Special Topic” chapters and emphasis on everyday health concerns, the Fifth Edition of Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues continues to personalize the study of human biology with a conversational writing style, stunning art, abundant applications, and tools to help you develop critical-thinking skills. The authors give you a practical and friendly introduction for understanding how their bodies work and for preparing them to navigate today’s world of rapidly expanding—and shifting—health information.
Each chapter now opens with new “Did You Know?” questions that pique your interest with intriguing and little-known facts about the topic that follows. The Fifth Edition also features a new “Special Topic” chapter (1a) titled “Becoming a Patient: A Major Decision,” which discusses how to select a doctor and/or a hospital, how to research health conditions, and more.
Table of Contents
1. Humans in the World of Biology
1a. Special Topic: Becoming a Patient: A Major Decision
2. Chemistry Comes to Life
3. The Cell
4. Body Organization and Homeostasis
5. The Skeletal System
6. The Muscular System
7. Neurons: The Matter of the Mind
8. The Nervous System
8a. Special Topic: Drugs and the Mind
9. Sensory Systems
10. The Endocrine System
10a. Special Topic: Diabetes Mellitus
12. The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System
12a. Special Topic: Cardiovascular Disease
13. Body Defense Mechanisms
13a. Special Topic: Infectious Disease
14. The Respiratory System
15. The Digestive System and Nutrition
15a. Special Topic: Food Safety and Defense
16. The Urinary System
17. Reproductive Systems
17a. Special Topic: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
18. Development Through Life
18a. Special Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder
19. Chromosomes and Cell Division
19a. Special Topic: Stem Cells—A Repair Kit for the Body
20. Genetics and Human Inheritance
21. DNA and Biotechnology
21a. Special Topic: Cancer
22. Evolution and Our Heritage
23. Ecology, The Environment, and Us
24. Human Populations, Limited Resources, and Pollution
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