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The subjects of anatomy and physiology make such convenient and logical associates that they are combined as a package in this section, along with the currently hot topics of neurobiology and endocrinology. 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 section includes primarily human anatomy and physiology: plants and animals are discussed in Plant Biology and Zoology. Although a few medical titles are included, emphasis in this chapter is on the biological sciences rather than the behavioral or clinical. There is overlap between this section and Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, so don't neglect to broaden the search to these other chapters if the molecular aspects, for example, of a particular discipline are important.

 

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