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Human Biology, Eighth Edition

Author(s): Daniel D. Chiras, Director, The Evergreen Institute, Center for Green Building and Renewable Energy
  • ISBN-13: 9781284031812
  • Product With Access Code    598 pages      © 2015
Price: $245.95 US List
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A Thoroughly Revised and Updated Edition of an Acclaimed Human Biology Text

Designed for the undergraduate, non-science major, the thoroughly updated eighth edition of Human Biology, continues to present the latest information on the structure, function, health, and disease of the human body, while maintaining the central organizational theme of homeostasis. This acclaimed text explores the world from the cellular level, followed by a look at tissues and organs, and then moves on to a discussion of humans as organisms within a complex evolutionary and ecological environment. Dr. Chiras discusses the scientific process in a thought-provoking way that challenges students to become deeper, more critical thinkers. The focus on health and homeostasis allows students to learn key concepts while also assessing their own health needs and learning how to implement a healthy lifestyle.

New to the thoroughly revised and updated Eighth Edition:

  • Added new Point/Counterpoints on current topics of great interest, including vaccination against common diseases, vaccination against human papilloma virus, the safety of genetically modified organisms, and the safety of milk from cows treated with growth hormone
  • Features a reorganized chapter layout so content on the circulatory system and blood are presented before the chapter on nutrition and digestion.
  • Moved the expanded in-chapter key concepts from the beginning to the end of each section.
  • Contains new information on numerous topics, including expanded coverage on nutrition and the importance of plant-based nutrients and plant sources of complete proteins, new information on the functions of the appendix, additional information on the benefits of breastfeeding, and new content on the causes and treatment of acne.
  • New topics added to this edition include primary cilia, hormonal control of hunger, effective treatments for insomnia, use of organs from pigs to repair damaged organs, health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, new information on HIV infections, genetic determination of sex, natural killer cells, and many more!
  • Every new printed copy includes access to the Navigate Companion Website where students will find a wealth of engaging and interactive learning and study tools to help them succeed in their course.
  • Instructor resources include PowerPoint Lecture Outlines, PowerPoint Image Bank, an Instructor's Manual, and Test Bank

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Ideal for the undergraduate introductory course in Human Biology.

Part 1  From Molecules to the Humankind
Chapter 1  Life in the Balance: Human Health, Homeostasis, Evolution, Science, and Critical Thinking
Chapter 2  The Chemistry of Life
Chapter 3  The Life of the Cell
Part 2  Structure and Function of the Human Body
Chapter 4  Principles of Structure and Function
Chapter 5  The Circulatory System
Chapter 6  The Blood
Chapter 7  Nutrition and Digestion
Chapter 8  The Vital Exchange: Respiration
Chapter 9  The Urinary System: Ridding the Body of Wastes and Maintaining Homeostasis
Chapter 10  The Skeleton and Muscles
Chapter 11  The Nervous System
Chapter 12  The Senses
Chapter 13  The Endocrine System
Part 3  Immunity and Infectious Diseases
Chapter 14  The Immune System
Chapter 15  Human Infectious Disease
Part 4  Heredity and Reproduction
Chapter 16  Chromosomes, Cell Division, and the Cell Cycle
Chapter 17  Principles of Human Heredity
Chapter 18  How Genes Work and How Genes Are Controlled
Chapter 19  Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Chapter 20  Cancer
Part 5  Human Reproduction and Development
Chapter 21  Human Reproduction
Chapter 22  Human Development and Aging
Part 6  Evolution and Ecology
Chapter 23  Evolution
Chapter 24  Ecology and the Environment
Appendix A  Periodic Table of Elements
Appendix B  Metric System Conversion Tables

Daniel D. Chiras-Director, The Evergreen Institute, Center for Green Building and Renewable Energy

Dan Chiras, Ph.D. is world-renown educator and author of 30 books on environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental education, and green building.  He has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Washington, and Colorado College. Dan has done pioneering work on critical thinking, sustainability, and the root causes of the environmental crisis. He has been involved in environmental issues since the 1970s.  Dr. Chiras is currently founder and director of The Evergreen Institute where he teaches classes on residential renewable energy and green building. Dr. Chiras lives in a state of the art green-built, solar- and wind-powered net zero energy home in Gerald, Missouri.

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