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Introduction: Human physiology is the study of the functioning of the normal body, and is responsible for describing how various systems of the human body work. Explanations often begin at a macroscopic level and proceed to a molecular level. In 1926, Fritz Kahn portrayed the body as a complex chemical plant, as seen in the painting on the right. This textbook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course. As such, some material is deliberately left out (but references will be provided within chapters for students wishing to learn more).

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Contents Introduction.......................................................................................................................................... 3 CHAPTERS.............................................................................................................................4 01. Homeostasis....................................................................................................................................4 02. Cell Physiology............................................................................................................................ 14 03. The Integumentary System............................................................................................................35 04. The Nervous System..................................................................................................................... 54 05. Senses........................................................................................................................................... 81 06. The Muscular System..................................................................................................................107 07. Blood Physiology....................................................................................................................... 122 08. The Cardiovascular System.........................................................................................................137 09. The Immune System....................................................................................................................162 10. The Urinary System.....................................................................................................................186 11. The Respiratory System.............................................................................................................. 201 12. The Gastrointestinal System........................................................................................................217 13. Nutrition..................................................................................................................................... 244 14. The Endocrine System.................................................................................................................262 15. The Male Reproductive System.................................................................................................. 281 16. The Female Reproductive System...............................................................................................301 17. Pregnancy and Birth.................................................................................................................... 326 18. Genetics and Inheritance............................................................................................................. 351 19. Development: Birth Through Death............................................................................................370 APPENDICES...................................................................................................................... 397 A. Answers to Review Questions......................................................................................................397 ABOUT THE BOOK.............................................................................................................. 424 History & Document Notes...............................................................................................................424 Authors & Image Credits.................................................................................................................. 425 GNU Free Documentation License................................................................................................... 426

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