The Oxford Companion to the Body
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Here is a delightfully diverse, informative look at the human body, combining medical and physiological fact with articles that offer cultural, mythological, religious, historical, and artistic perspectives. In over 1200 alphabetically arranged entries, The Oxford Companion to the Body covers every aspect of human anatomy as well as related topics that range from Aggression, Aspirin, and Anxiety, to Warts, Whistling, Yoga, and X-Rays.
Attractively designed with over 400 illustrations--including 15 full-color plates focusing on human physiology--this engrossing Companion shows how the body works, how it grows, develops, and ages, how it goes wrong, and even how it has inspired artists through the centuries. There are profiles of historical figures who have made important contributions to our understanding of the body, such as Galen, Vesalius, and da Vinci. There are also concise and readable accounts of the structures of all major systems of the body, their processes, and the diseases that affect them, from the nervous system to the skeleton to the brain. But one of the pleasures of the book is the many unexpected entries to come across: Body Language and Brain Death, Freckles and Frostbite, Potty Training and Phantom Limbs, Sleep Disorders and Survival at Sea. The volume also boasts general essays that describe how the body is seen in Zen Buddhism, Islam, mythology, and other disciplines.
Written by over 250 experts, under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board, with full cross-referencing and suggested further reading, The Oxford Companion to the Body is both an authoritative resource and a browser's delight.
Oxford University Press, USA
February 07, 2002
8.89 X 11.14 X 1.68 inches | 5.8 pounds
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About the Author
Colin Blakemore is Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the McDonnell-Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He is a past president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Sheila Jennett is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow, where she was head of the Department of Physiology.
"This is a beautifully produced tome comprising over 1000 entries....Remarkably affordable and compulsively readable, this volume will find a home in any academic or public library."--Library Journal [STARRED REVIEW] "A deft interweaving of anatomy and biology with psychology, anthropology, philosophy, religion, literature, history, art history and physical science, this compendium is hardly the dry stuff of typical reference books. Turn to any page and you're likely to be drawn in."--Los Angeles Times