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During the discussion of hemoglobin, the author refers to met-hemoglobin causing the color of aged meat. I don't think this is simply a typographic error since the discussion is actually about hemoglobin but the color change of meat is due to metmyoglobin a related but distinct oxygen binding protein in muscle.
The high, squeaky voice with helium is NOT due to the vocal chords vibrating faster as the author states but rather because the speed of sound in helium is about 3 times faster than in air and therefore the frequency is about 3 times higher.
Sweating is primarily stimulated by a cholinergic system NOT by and adrenergic system.
People with cystic fibrosis ARE able to sweat, contrary to what the author states. Rather the salt content of their sweat is significantly abnormal.
"In hoofed animals...the bones of the feet are fused together for strength to create a hoof." This is false. In some hoofed animals metatarsal or metacarpal bones can fuse to form a single bone, however, even in such animals like deer the toes remain separate and have their own distinct hooves.
Another truly bizarre error is the reference to "bleach, a mild form of hydrochloric acid..." Common bleach, sodium hypochlorite, has the formula NaClO and often has sodium hydroxide, NaOH mixed with it. This is quite different from hydrochloric acid, HCl.
I have studied medicine, and even in our course, did we not get as much context & story behind the development of our understanding of the human body, as I found in this book. Even so, it has been written in a language that can be understood by anyone, without dumbing down the information.
We are truly a magnificent design!
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I think this is a very interesting and original book written with scientific language yet comprehensible to majority of unprepared readers. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Alexander Pratyev
I read her most recent book first (2012) and did not reach much of this. Not in depth enough, I was looking for more science.Published on February 8, 2013 by aa
Frances Ashcroft is a talented author, it isn't necessary to be a science major to enjoy this book. Full of amazing facts, how any lifeforms can exist at such extremes and have... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by christine rivard
You do not have to be particularly interested in the physiology of extreme conditions to enjoy this book. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by algo41