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Body: The Complete Human How It Grows, How It Works, And How To Keep It Healthy And Strong Hardcover – October 16, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1426201288 ISBN-10: 1426201281 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; 1 edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426201281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426201288
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Long known for stunning photography and quality prose, the National Geographic Society brings those qualities to bear on this enthralling exploration of the human body. In 13 chapters (and an epilogue on the future of human development), each physical system-"body armor," "structure," "messengers," "reproduction," etc.-is explained in clear text and full-color images. Photographs are sensational, many the result of improvements in microscopic photography developed over the past decade; likely the first time many readers have seen their inner workings in such detail, stunners include a photograph of an actual cancer cell with three T-lymphocytes attached to it. Topics are well-organized and illustrations impeccable; in addition, sidebars cover important figures and developments such as pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey; "what can go wrong," including closer looks at diabetes and Alzheimer's; and tangential concerns like hiccups, circumcision and nose jobs. In addition, each info-packed chapter includes a useful glossary of terms, making this guide an accessible and highly informative reference for all ages.
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"Long known for stunning photography and quality prose, the National Geographic Society brings those qualities to bear on this enthralling exploration of the human body and making this guide an accessible and highly informative reference for all ages." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is readable and understandable for the non-professional reader.
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This book provides wonderful explainations, pictures and illustrations; the information is thorough and clearly written.
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I would recommends this book to anyone, from lay people to medical professionals.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robin Rhoads on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently ordered the deluxe version of this book directly from National Geographic.

The text is straight forward and easy to understand. The book is laid out with an excellent structure. The photographs are fantastic and illustrate the concepts extremely well.

I teach middle school science at a private school and am delighted to show the book to my students. A word of warning, though: the section on reproduction has a very explicit (yet wonderful) CT scan picture of a man and woman joined in the act itself. The anatomy is easily identifiable. I have gotten individual permission from my students' parents to allow them to leaf through the pages, in case they come across this one picture. You may or may not feel comfortable with children seeing it.

It's a well made, well written, well photographed book and addresses all the aspects of the human body, including the ethical issues that arise from different treatments. I cannot recommend it enough. Consider getting the hardback or leather bound edition because of the wear it will take.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marie on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Paramedic and I found this book by chance one day at my parents house (They are long term National Geographic subscribers and have a ton of their publications). I certainly wish I had this book while I was in school. The explanations, diagrams, figures and pictures are an excellent adjunct to learning Anatomy and Physiology. I found much of the information laid out in simple to understand tables that presented it in a direct, easy to read and remember. I found some of the information presented with more clarity than the text in my Paramedic instruction books.I would recommends this book to anyone, from lay people to medical professionals.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Briggs on December 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would reccommend this book as a factual, current reference for anatomy and health issues. It is readable and understandable for the non-professional reader. In fairness, I advized the authors and publishers on the medical content for this volume, and would certainly be a biased reviewer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just received this book, in hard-cover format. I'm using it for my daughter's human anatomy class in home schooling. The pictures and features are incredible! One interesting feature is that every topic comes w/an information box that shows medical/scientific updates on this topic. Another feature is that each topic provides you with internet links to the National Geographic website, where you can get interactive information. Easy-to-understand text makes this book valuable for those of us with a non-medical background. My daughter is very excited to have this book in her library. It is National Geographic, so the quality is top-notch. (I would like to add a caveat that this is not a school textbook).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Bazley on February 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very well done update to the National Geographic Society's "The Incredible Machine", published in 1986. It is a masterpiece of easy to read and understand book on how the human body is made and works with incredibly detailed pictures and illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Dietz on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully designed, illustrated, and informative book. Went to see "The Bodies" exhibit with my grandaughter (age 7). She was enthralled and begging for more information than I was able to provide. This book provides wonderful explainations, pictures and illustrations; the information is thorough and clearly written. As always, National Geographic has produced an outstanding book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gautam Gupta on October 28, 2008
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This is a great book. It covers a lot of the human body. And being from National Geographic you can't go wrong. Beautiful pictures and good insight on how the human body works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock Holmes on October 19, 2011
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The book is interesting with some clear explanations and very well done graphics. I would recommend this book and the price is reasonable.
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