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Chapter 11: Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 11: Anatomy and Physiology


This chapter covers neurobiology and endocrinology as well as anatomy and physiology.  Anatomy is a "the study of the structure of living organisms, especially of their internal parts by means of dissection and microscopical examination."  The same source interprets "physiology" as the "branch of biology concerned with the vital functions of plants and animals, such as nutrition, respiration, reproduction and excretion." (Oxford Dictionary of Biology, 4th ed, 2000). Neurobiology is the study of the nervous system.  This chapter includes primarily human anatomy and physiology: plants and animals are discussed in Chapters 10, “Plant Biology” and 13, “Zoology.”  Although a few medical titles are included, emphasis in this chapter is on the biological sciences rather than the behavioral or clinical. 

As usual, there is overlap between this chapter and Chapters 5, “Biochemistry and Biophysics,” and 6, “Molecular and Cellular Biology,” so don't neglect to broaden the search to these other chapters. Developmental biology is covered in Chapter 7.

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A wide variety of atlases are listed, from the classic to the recently published, in an effort to provide examples of illustrations of the human body geared to a wide group of student, medical, or lay person audiences. Animal atlases and dissection manuals are found in Chapter 13.

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