A complete, self-teaching guide to the function and interaction of bodily systems
Coverage includes: comparative physiology, functions at the chemical and cellular levels, organic compounds, the cell, physiology of muscle, nerves and glands, sensory physiology, motor functions, autonomic nerves and the endocrine system, air and blood transport, digestive and genitourinary systems, and more.
Dale Layman, Ph.D., Grand Ph.D. in Medicine, is a popular professor of biology and human anatomy and physiology at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. He is the author of many articles, as well as Anatomy Demystified and Biology Demystified, two closely related books in this series. He is the first Grand Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine for the United States, and has received many other international honors and awards for his writing, teaching, and highly creative thinking. Dr. Layman has more than 28 years of experience in the biological sciences.
Preface Acknowledgments PART 1: THE GOLDEN PATH OF BODY FUNCTION Chapter 1: Physiology: Our Life Is a Path Through Bodyspace Chapter 2: Control of the Internal Environment: A Story About Feedback and Homeostasis PART 2: FUNCTIONS AT THE CHEMICAL AND CELLULAR LEVELS Chapter 3: Chemical Functions: "Hey! We've Got Dirt Moving Around in our body basement!" Chapter 4: The Cell: A Tiny Arena of Life PART 3: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF SKIN, BONE, AND MUSCLE Chapter 5: Working the Human "Hard" Drives: The Physiology of Skins and Skeletons Chapter 6: "Gentlemen, Fire Up Your Engines!": The Physiology of Neurons and Muscle Fibers PART 4: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF NERVES AND GLANDS Chapter 7: "What Happens When We Step on a Nail?": The Physiology of Nerves and ReflexChapter 8: Glands: Physiology of the "Ductless Acorns" PART 5: AIR AND FLUID TRANSPORT: THE CIRCULATORY, LYMPH, AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS Chapter 9: Physiology of The Circulatory System: Mover of the Blood In A "Little Circle" Chapter 10: The Physiology of Blood: Helps It Walk with a "Lymph" Chapter 11: The Respiratory System: Makes You "Breathe Again" PART 6: PHYSIOLOGY FROM "THE LAND DOWN UNDER": THE DIGESTIVE AND GENITOURINARY SYSTEMS Chapter 12: The Digestive System: A Miraculous "Grinder"! Chapter 13: The Genitourinary System: It Allows Us to Release Fluids and "Beget" New Life! APPENDIX: ANSWERS TO QUIZ, TEST, AND FINAL EXAM QUESTIONS INDEX