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Human Biology, 14 Edition

Human Biology, 14 Edition PDF

Author: Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education


Publish Date: February 3, 2015

ISBN-10: 1259245748

Pages: 656

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Goals of the Fourteenth Edition

Humans are a naturally inquisitive species. As children, we become fascinated with life at a very early age. We want to know how our bodies work, why there are differences, and similarities, between ourselves and the other children around us. In other words, at a very early age, children are acting like biologists.

In many ways, today’s students in the science classroom face some of the same challenges their parents did decades ago. The abundance of new terms often overwhelms even the best prepared student, and the study of biological processes and methods of scientific thinking may convince some students that “science isn’t their thing.” The study of human biology creates an opportunity for teachers to instruct their students using the ultimate model organism—their own bodies. Whether this is their last science class or the first in a long career in allied health, the study of human biology is pertinent to everyone.

There are also challenges that are unique to the modern classroom. Today’s students are are being exposed, almost on a daily basis, to exciting new discoveries and insights that, in many cases, were beyond our predictions even a few short years ago. It is our task, as instructors, not only to make these findings available to our students, but to enlighten students as to why these discoveries are important to their lives and society. At the same time, we must provide students with a firm foundation in those core principles on which biology is founded, and in doing so, provide them with the background to keep up with the many discoveries still to come.
This edition of Human Biology is the second textbook in the Mader series which utilized the student data derived from the LearnSmart platform as a form of review. The premise is very straightforward. Students don’t know what they don’t know—but LearnSmart does. By compiling data from all of the probes answered by all of the students, and then overlaying that data on the text, we are able to visualize areas of content where the students are having problems.

In addition, this revision of Human Biology, Foureenth Edition had the following goals:
1. build upon the strengths of the previous editions of the text
2. reorganization of the content to include a more robust discussion of the biology of infectious diseases
3. refinement of digital assets to provide a more effective assessment of learning outcomes to enable instructors in the flipped, online, and hybrid teaching environments

Brief Contents

1 Exploring Life and Science 1
Unit 1 Human Organization 20
2 Chemistry of Life 20
3 Cell Structure and Function 44
4 Organization and Regulation of Body Systems 68
Unit 2 Maintenance of the Human Body 92
5 Cardiovascular System: Heart and Blood Vessels 92
6 Cardiovascular System: Blood 114
7 The Lymphatic and Immune Systems 131
8 Biology of Infectious Diseases 149
9 Digestive System and Nutrition 168
10 Respiratory System 195
11 Urinary System 217
Unit 3 Movement and Support in Humans 238
12 Skeletal System 238
13 Muscular System 260
Unit 4 Integration and Coordination in Humans 283
14 Nervous System 283
15 Senses 310
16 Endocrine System 332
Unit 5 Reproduction in Humans 358
17 Reproductive System 358
18 Development and Aging 386
Unit 6 Human Genetics 411
19 Patterns of Chromosome Inheritance 411
20 Cancer 434
21 Patterns of Genetic Inheritance 453
22 DNA Biology and Technology 476 Unit 7 Human Evolution and Ecology 503
23 Human Evolution 503
24 Global Ecology and Human Interferences 528
25 Human Population, Global Resources, and Conservation 551

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