Who is not interested in how the body works: how it grows, develops, and ages; how it goes wrong; how it has inspired artists and been the focus of ceremony and ritual? The extraordinary human body has been one of the great subjects of fascination and enquiry over the centuries. The Oxford Companion to the Body presents many of the results of this curiosity from a wide variety of viewpoints, including those of writers, life scientists, historians, philosophers,health professionals, artists, psychologists, anthropologists, theologians, and many others.The Companion is a fascinating and authoritative guide to every aspect of the body. It provides concise and readable accounts of the structure and function of all the major systems of the body, and the causes of disorders which affect them. Interwoven with this coverage of the science of the body are entertaining and informative articles on social and religious attitudes to the body, its decoration and mutilation throughout history, the ceremonies and myths that surround thebody, and its significance for artists, philosophers and writers. Although the contributors are international experts, it is written for a wide audience, and will appeal to anyone seeking an approachable reference to the human body, as well as to those studying or working in related fields.Included in the Companion:. Over 1000 entries, from addiction and Adam's rib to witchcraft and X-rays, and over 350 expert contributors, under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board.. Extensive coverage of subjects relating to the body, from the molecular events in individual cells to the nude in art, from birth to funeral practices, from ape man to space travel, and the biomedical sciences in their cultural and historical contexts.. Over 750 pages with 150 illustrations and 8 pages of colour plates.. Alphabetically arrranged entries with full cross-referencing, comprehensive indexing, and suggested further reading.The Companion is a unique and important reference source, which will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the human bodyColin Blakemore is Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford. His research interests include vision and the development of the brain, and he has written and broadcast on many issues, ranging from consciousness and mad cow disease, to mobile phones and ethical issues in medical research.Sheila Jennett is Emeritus Profesor of Physiology, University of Glasgow. Starting from a background in clinical medicine, her research interest in cardiorespiratory function has included responses to analgesics, to high and low oxygen, and to exercise.
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