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A vast subject that includes a strange vocabulary and an apparent mass of facts, human anatomy can at first appear confusing and off-putting. But the basic construction of the human body – the skeleton, the organs of the chest and abdomen, the nervous system, the head and neck with its sensory systems and anatomy for breathing and swallowing – is vital for anyone studying medicine, biology, and health studies. In this Very Short Introduction Leslie Klenerman provides a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the structure, function, and main systems of the human body, including a number of clear and simple illustrations to explain the key areas.
1: Development of anatomy
2: The skeleton and its attachments
3: A vital system
4: Communication and control
5: Head and neck
6: The abdomen
7: The limbs
8: Man the tottering biped
Leslie Klenerman is an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery from the University of Liverpool. As a consultant orthopaedic surgeon he worked at Northwick Park Hospital and Clinical Research Centre until he moved to a chair at Liverpool University. For the past seven years he has worked in the Anatomy Department at Cambridge University as a Senior Demonstrator. He is the author of several publications.