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Fundamentals of Human Biology and Health Heather Murdock

Fundamentals of Human Biology and Health

(Fourth Edition)
By Heather Murdock

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62661-079-8, 310 pages


Fundamentals of Human Biology and Health gives students a solid understanding of how human cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and whole organisms operate. Designed to be used on its own or as a supplement to other texts, the material includes clear, concise information covering the main physiological systems in the human body, their interconnections, and what individuals can do to maintain healthy bodies and lifestyles.

The text explores how and why we study biology, and where human beings fit into the amazing diversity of life. There is also coverage of basic chemistry as it relates to the study of biology. After a tour of the typical human cell, the text provides information on different tissues and organ systems. This includes relevant disorders, diseases, drugs, nutrition, and various health issues. Subsequent material addresses genetics, evolution, ecology, and conservation.

Fundamentals of Human Biology and Health provides basic information in an accessible way. This text can be used in any introductory general or human biology course. The accessible language is appropriate for both high school and college level students. It can also be used in courses on anatomy and physiology.

Heather Murdock Heather Murdock received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied animal behavior. She earned her master's degree in ecology and systematics from San Francisco State University, where she researched olfactory communication in the endangered giant kangaroo rat. Heather has been on the faculty at San Francisco State University since 1997 teaching human biology, nature study, and introductory biology laboratory. In 2009 Heather won San Francisco State University's first Outstanding Biology Lecturer Award.