Every year, more than 100,000 degrees are completed in biology or biomedical sciences. Anatomy and physiology classes are required for these majors and others such as life sciences and chemistry, and also for students on a pre–med track. These classes also serve as valuable electives because of the importance and relevance of this subject′s content. Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies, 2nd Edition, appeals to students and life–learners alike, as a course supplement or simply as a guide to this intriguing field of science. With 25 percent new and revised content, including updated examples and references throughout, readers of the new edition will come to understand the meanings of terms in anatomy and physiology, get to know the body′s anatomical structures, and gain insight into how the structures and systems function in sickness and health. * New examples, references, and case studies * Updated information on how systems function in illness and in health * Newest health discovers and insights into how the body works Written in plain English and packed with dozens of beautiful illustrations, Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies is your guide to a fantastic voyage of the human body. From the Back Cover Bone up on anatomical terms, features, and functions Get a handle on body basics with concise explanations and plenty of illustrations Whether you′re an aspiring health–care or fitness professional or you′re dealing with serious illness, having a basic knowledge of the human body is a must. Covering everything from cells and tissues to organs and the various systems, this friendly guide clearly explains what the various parts of the human body are and how they work together to keep us alive. The Dummies Way ∗ Explanations in plain English ∗ "Get in, get out" information ∗ Icons and other navigational aids ∗ Tear–out cheat sheet ∗ Top ten lists ∗ A dash of humor and fun Get smart! @www.dummies.com ∗ Find listings of all our books ∗ Create your own personalized book with Hungry Minds a la Carte(TM) ∗ Sign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com Table of Contents Introduction. Part I: Positioning Yourself to Study Anatomy. Chapter 1: Parts of the Whole. Chapter 2: Spanning the Ages: What Your Body Does Throughout Its Life. Chapter 3: Forming Your Foundation. Part II: Anatomy from Head to Toe. Chapter 4: Boning Up on the Skeletal System. Chapter 5: Bulking You Up on Muscles. Chapter 6: The Great Coverup: Skin. Part III: Focusing on Physiology. Chapter 7: Getting on Your Nerves: The Nervous System. Chapter 8: Moaning About Hormones: The Endocrine System. Chapter 9: Putting Your Heart in It: The Circulatory System. Chapter 10: Breathe a Sigh of Relief: The Respiratory System. Chapter 11: Breaking Down: The Digestive System. Chapter 12: Cleaning Up: The Urinary System. Chapter 13: Fighting Fairly: The Immune System. Part IV: Creating New Bodies. Chapter 14: What a Production! Reproduction. Chapter 15: Here I Grow Again: Birth and Development. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Keep Your Body Healthy. Chapter 17: Ten Great Anatomy & Physiology Web Sites. Index.