With DaVinci's ubiquitous Vitruvian Man as a text icon (even subjected to X-ray!), Chiras (U. of Colorado, U. of Denver) introduces students to the basics of life in the balance from molecules to humankind in 24 chapters. Updates to this edition (no dates are given for previous ones) include: rele
Table of Contents
Life in the balance - an introduction to human biology; the chemistry of life; the life of the cell; principles of structure and function; nutrition and digestion; the circulatory system; the blood; the immune system; the vital exchange - respiration; the urinary system - ridding the body of wastes and maintaining homeostasis; the nervous system - integration, coordination and control; the senses; the skeleton and muscles; the endocrine system; chromosomes, cell division, and cancer; principles of human heredity; molecular genetics - how genes work and how genes are controlled; genetic engineering and biotechnology - science, ethics, and society; human reproduction; human development and aging; evolution - five billion years of change; tracing our roots - the story of human evolution; principles of ecology - understanding the economy of nature; environmental issues - population, pollution and resources.