Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues eBook (6e) : 9780134312996

Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues eBook (6e)

Goodenough, J et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in non-majors biology.


Helps students learn the concepts and applications of human biology using relevant topics and realistic scenarios.

Known for its unique “Special Topic” chapters and emphasis on everyday health concerns, the Sixth Edition of Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues continues to personalize the study of human biology using a conversational writing style, vibrant, easy-to-follow illustrations, abundant applications, and a new emphasis on using everyday science literacy skills. The authors provide a practical, friendly introduction to the study of the human body, preparing students to navigate today’s rapidly expanding and shifting world of health information.


Each chapter now features brand-new “Consider This Case” exercises and “Finding and Evaluating Information” activities that challenge students to think critically and apply their knowledge to solve real-world cases. Along with scientific updates and content improvements throughout the text, The Sixth Edition also includes a new “Special Topic” chapter on the Obesity Epidemic.

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Table of contents
  • 1. Humans in the World of Biology
  • 1a. Special Topic: Becoming a Patient: A Major Decision
  • 2. Chemistry Comes to Life
  • 3. The Cell
  • 4. Body Organization and Homeostasis
  • 5. The Skeletal System
  • 6. The Muscular System
  • 7. Neurons: The Matter of the Mind
  • 8. The Nervous System
  • 8a. Special Topic: Drugs and the Mind
  • 9. Sensory Systems
  • 10. The Endocrine System
  • 10a. Special Topic: Diabetes Mellitus
  • 11. Blood
  • 12. The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic System
  • 12a. Special Topic: Cardiovascular Disease
  • 13. Body Defense Mechanisms
  • 13a. Special Topic: Infectious Disease
  • 14. The Respiratory System
  • 15. The Digestive System and Nutrition
  • 15a. Special Topic: The Obesity Epidemic
  • 16. The Urinary System
  • 17. Reproductive Systems
  • 17a. Special Topic: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
  • 18. Development Through Life
  • 18a. Special Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 19. Chromosomes and Cell Division
  • 19a. Special Topic: Stem Cells—A Repair Kit for the Body
  • 20. Genetics and Human Inheritance
  • 21. DNA and Biotechnology
  • 21a. Special Topic: Cancer
  • 22. Evolution and Our Heritage
  • 23. Ecology, The Environment, and Us
  • 24. Human Populations, Limited Resources, and Pollution
Features & benefits
  • Ten “Special Topic” Chapters explore high-interest health topics more thoroughly than can be accomplished in a brief essay. Educators who prefer to teach an applied human biology course can use these chapters to explore specific applied topics in greater depth.
    • NEW! Special Topic Chapter 15a, “The Obesity Epidemic” connects the study of human biology to public health concerns, including practical information on health risks, regulation of food intake, and weight management.
    • NEW! “Did You Know?” chapter-opening questions have been extended to each Special Topic chapter and pique students’ interest with interesting and little-known facts about the chapter topic.
  • NEW! “Consider This Case” exercises close each chapter with a scenario relating to the chapter content, followed by critical thinking questions that ask students to apply what they’ve learned in the chapter.
  • NEW! “Finding and Evaluating Information” activities have been added to the end-of-chapter review to engage students in practicing basic science literacy skills.   Each activity includes a brief excerpt from an intriguing article or blog post, a web address for accessing the complete piece online, and guiding questions to help in evaluating the validity of the information.  
  • Active Learning features engage students in answering questions as they read, including:
    • “Stop and Think” questions invite students to pause, think about the concept previously explained, and apply that information to a new situation.
    • “What Would You Do?” questions raise ethical questions about issues that society faces today. Students are able to see the relevance of information learned in a biology classroom to current real-life dilemmas or decisions people must make.
  • A vibrant illustration program uses a combination of engaging photos and three-dimensional figures to enhance the explanation in the text.
    • NEW! Process steps have been added to Multi-step figures to guide students through complex processes.
    • Micrographs are incorporated into figures where appropriate to provide students with context.
    • Visual Summary Tables include visual cues when appropriate, adding more visual appeal and making the tables more reader-friendly.
    • Figure Legend Questions are provided for selected illustrations and direct students to think critically and visually.
  • Health, Ethical, and Environmental Issues Essays explore contemporary topics that directly relate to students’ lives, motivating them to make connections to the world. 
  • “Questions to Consider” are provided at the end of each Environmental Issue, Ethical Issue, and Health Issue box to encourage students to carefully consider their own position on various issues.
  • A clear and engaging writing style uses first-person narrative; analogies and applications are woven throughout to engage the reader and clearly explain concepts.       
  • Detailed Chapter Reviews provide a handy built-in “Study Guide” for review and practice.  Each content chapter concludes with:
    • “Highlighting the Concepts” summarise “big picture” ideas into manageable bullet points with page references for exploring topics in greater detail, followed by a list of key terms from the chapter.
    • Multiple-choice “Reviewing the Concepts” questions provide students with more opportunities to practice and prepare for the kinds of questions that might appear on a test or exam.   
    • Short-Answer “Applying the Concepts” questions challenge students to apply their knowledge to situations that they may encounter in everyday life.               
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