There were two major goals for this revision: (1) to redo the entire illustration program (and give the
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general layout of the book a "face-lift") for greater teaching effectiveness, clarity, consistency, and esthetic appeal; and (2) to update all material and assure the greatest accuracy possible.
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This ebook 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.