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The Human Body Book (Book & DVD) [Hardcover]

Steve Parker , Robert Winston
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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April 30, 2007 0756628652 978-0756628659 Har/Dvdr
Revealing and detailing all aspects of the body, from the secrets of DNA to the functions of every major body system, this encyclopedic volume is packed with stunning and detailed visuals and includes a DVD that reveals all of the body's inner workings. Also includes accessible health and medical information that makes this book ideal for families, students, health professionals, or anyone who wants to learn more about the human body.

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". . . combines jaw-dropping illustrations with meaty captions and commentary to give "Eyewitness" graduates a mesmerizing tour of the body's parts and common diseases." -- School Library Journal, July 2007

For kids interested in bodies and how they work--and who aren't ready to dig into Grey's Anatomy--there's no better reference than this vividly illustrated book. -- Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Steve Parker graduated with a BSc (Honours, First Class) in Zoology and is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He has written more than 200 books and has edited or contributed to over 100 more, including The Human Body, Body Atlas, and Eyewitness Medicine, published by DK. He has been shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book of the Year and the Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Har/Dvdr edition (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756628652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756628659
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-of-a-kind must-have August 7, 2007
This is one of the best mass-market human body books available on the market. DK (Dorling Kindersley) has published yet another marvelous eye-opening jewel. This book's 3D digital art and design is what separates it from other human body books. This hardbound book also contains a durable vinyl jacket (not paper jacket) and an interactive DVD.

Unlike the other previously-published DK Human Body books, like the pocket-sized blue-covered Human Body book, this book has 3 distinguishing features:

1) Amazing 3D computer-generated digital art, complemented with high-quality photographs. Some of the best features about this book are the amazing digital art, book design, and overall aesthetic impression.
2) Detailed, up-to-date extensive text that covers human anatomy, physiology, and diseases. The text is much more detailed and extensive than most other DK Human Body books. There are also a lot of "infoboxes" and some very helpful tables and charts.
3) An interactive DVD (for computers) containing computer-animated clips of the body. There are also anatomy atlases of the organ systems, which displays names of specific parts when the cursor is rolled over it.

Overall, this book is highly colorful with hundreds of astonishing 3D images. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages and education levels, and it is perfect as a coffee table book, educational resource, or reference. You will NOT regret buying this book, and considering that you are buying a high-quality book and DVD together for only about $20, The Human Body Book is actually quite a bargain!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Anatomy Book Ever October 17, 2007
By R. Betz
I've studied anatomy and physiology in college, and taught the basics for over 30 years, and this is the best resource I've ever laid my hands on. The information is concise and up to date, and the pictures and illustrations are incredibly detailed. I've learned something new on every page. I've just undergone bypass surgery on my heart and afterwards a plural effusion on my lungs. This book helped me understand my problems better than my doctor had. This is a superb book that I will use as a reference text after reading it word for word. DK you've done it again!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for the most part February 28, 2008
This book was pretty good for the most part; however, I did find some errors in the anatomy (at gross and cellular level) and labels (duplicates and otherwise). There is a vast amount of information contained in it, but the artwork is not very consistent and most of it appears to be renders straight from the 3d program that was used.
There are many dynamic and interesting views of the material covered, but that is set back by some of the textures on the models. It seems like a few extra months were needed for the book so that some finishing touches could be applied.
One thing that does irk me is that the nerves are green...
As a collector of anatomy, medical, histology, and biology books, I can recommend this book; but will stipulate that there are others that I definitely prefer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource October 22, 2007
I love this book. I am a nursing student who took my anatomy classes several years ago and needed an anatomy book for reference and review. The visuals are outstanding and the text is concise and informative. The book is hardcover and even includes a DVD. I would have expected to pay more for it. It is well worth the money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY Designed Book December 2, 2009
By ryanjt
I don't normally review books on Amazon, but, as a med student who also is interested in print design, this book blew me away with its graphics and style. Absolutely stunning visuals. Even if you couldn't read, this book would still blow your mind. The content is solid, going much more in depth than a typical young adult body book would, yet shying away from jumping into textbook territory. A very fun, and VERY educational book. If you have a budding young doctor or biologist in your family, this could be one of the best gifts you can get them.

I also just recently picked up The Brain Book done by the same people, and it is just as amazing as this one. Buy them both!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Look Inside Yourself! August 10, 2010
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It took a total of 2 seconds to decide I needed to own this book while browsing the medical section at Barnes and Noble. The only problem is, I really didn't have $40 to spend on a book. So off I went to Amazon.

This book has some amazing high quality images. If you're as big of a nerd as I am, seeing a massive 2 page digital image of an axion, or a detailed look at muscle fiber is breath taking. While there are a few incorrect facts and a few mislabeled body parts (the inner ear bones come to mind) I've heard these were corrected on newer prints.

Even if you're not a nerd, the images are amazing and should grab the attention and fascination of anyone with an even passing curiosity about the human body. I hope DK continues to make books like this (I'm thinking a cellular biology book with this detail would be amazing!), and look forward to purchasing the Human Brain Book.

If you're on the fence about this book, go to your local book shop, take a quick look at the book, then come back and click 'Add to Cart'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 7, 2010
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What an informative book about the human body. The content is great, but the pictures and decriptions make this book so very useful. A great book to teach kids about all the intricate parts of the human body.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So worthy to have it with such a inexpensive price!
containing beautiful and detailed picture of body structure, and professional explanation of major function of our organ. I love it!
Published 17 days ago by Li Liu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is an excellent book that every family should consider in their family library. Very well done and very educational without getting too complicated.
Published 1 month ago by B. Lunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantatcic illustrations and explanations
Book arrived as promised on time. The pictures are fantastic.
The illustrations are the best I have seen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Theodore R. johnson Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictorial study of the body...
This was given to a family member as a gift; it was VERY MUCH appreciated! It is a great pictorial study of the human body.
Published 4 months ago by KP Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Although there are several misprints, this book is all about the illustrations. They are gorgeous and many times are able to convey more than the words in my school anatomy book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joy Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and fascinating.
Incredible look into the human body. This book can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I highly recommend this educational book as as a discover into the human body.
Published 8 months ago by Tabby
1.0 out of 5 stars lame
Has nice pictures, but the quality, comprehension, and readability of the text is very poor. Not comprehensive or clear at all for someone studying these things, I had to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ForestFaerieHerbals
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I love this book. Great pics and makes the body easy to understand. The DVD is a nice compliment too.
Published 10 months ago by Jason Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Changed My Life!
This book is amazing. The information is set up perfectly for someone looking to get a general knowledge on the body's anatomy and processes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ladyofalltrades
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source book
Excellent sourcebook for all things medical and they human body, my wife loved it and used it daily for homework.
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