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Biology for Health

Biology for Health

S. H. Cedar


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Need an introductory text that will give you a headstart? Want an anatomy and physiology book which uses accessible
language, everyday examples and connects to your course? Then read this book!

Biology for Health takes a unique approach. It links the elements of anatomy and physiology (A&P) with everyday activities you
do without thinking, for example, eating, drinking, sleeping, moving – the 'Activities of Daily Living'. This instantly makes complex biological processes easier to understand.
Connecting A&P with health, healthcare and wellbeing, the author's exceptional understanding of students' needs contributes to a comprehensive book which contains the following supportive features:
Health Connections boxes woven throughout to explain the illnesses, disorders and health information linked to
each biological process
- Chapter References which help you to cross-reference between chapters, clearly highlighting where links occur
-  Diagrams and Figures galore offering clear, simple and
explanatory illustrations
Chapter Outlines displaying short contents lists to aid the quick location of systems, processes and organs – making the book easy to navigate
Summary boxes encapsulating the key discussion points – perfect for revision.
This is the ultimate companion to your course, whether you're studying nursing, health, midwifery, paramedic science, or sport
and exercise.
[Using] Activities of Daily Living as a framework for the layout of the textbook and delivery of the information makes it immediately accessible and familiar to the learner….The clear layout of tables and figures allow the reader to make easy reference and comparisons of the information provided…[and]…the use of plain language removes any barriers to learning' - Shannon, Newly Qualified Nurse

'Dr Cedar has the ability to explain very difficult concepts in very simple, easy to understand ways and this is reflected in her book.' – Anna, Child Nursing Student

'Module content for anatomy and physiology is amply covered. The writing style is a key strength and very welcome. The fact that detail is not avoided is the key advantage to this large volume. There is more depth than initially needed but this simply means that students can return to it. Other introductory A&P books students grow out of very quickly – that won't happen here and I would recommend the spend to students on this basis. Text books are expensive, students really need to invest well.' - Kevin Barrett, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice and Senior Lecturer for Pre-Registration Nursing Anatomy and Physiology modules, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton, UK

'I love the concept of presenting bioscience within an ADL framework. This approach sits very well within the philosophy of holistic health care and nursing curricula in particular. As a teacher of pre-registration nursing students I love this book. It provides an important alternative approach to reductionist models that use body systems or regions to present information. I would certainly encourage my students to buy it as it lacks the overwhelming density of most anatomy and physiology texts…it makes complex concepts more accessible.' - Dr Melanie Birks, Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Australia

'I found the book very readable and I like the format and structure. The identification of activities of daily living is an interesting ploy that simultaneously gives a topic focus whilst retaining an overall conceptual framework. The reader is not faced with acres of dense text at any point, and the Health Connection panels continually reinforce the relevance. The structure lends itself to a topic focussed approach and the book is also easy to dip into for general interest. It does provide an excellent foundation. The book is clear and wide ranging and should prove a valuable addition to the student's bookshelf. Get it into e-reader form and insist they carry it with them at all times!' - Jim Clough, Senior Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, UK


"This book is aimed at undergraduates embarking on medical, nutrition, physiology, sports and other health based careers. It provides a thorough, broad grounding in human biology.

...I was able to understand cellular biology, and the fundamentals of chemistry more clearly than ever before. The shape and nature of the periodic table is no longer a mystery to me. The genetic code is now crystal clear in my mind. Her explanations assumed no prior knowledge, and communicated ideas with great clarity…..

This read more like a story than a text book, with her writing always seeking to explain matters in terms of homoeostasis, and how that affects the overall health of a human, my learning was deep and I was fully engaged.

……..It is an excellent reference on human biology."

Neil Moffatt,

Dr S.H. CEDAR is Reader in Biological/Biomedical Sciences at London South Bank University, UK lecturing in Cell and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics and Neurobiology. She is a highly acclaimed and popular lecturer and has successfully taught thousands of nursing and health students for over ten years.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Half-Title i
Title iii
Copyrights iv
Dedication v
Contents ix
List of Figures xiii
List of Tables xvi
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction xix
1 Maintaining a Safe Environment 1
Introduction: A safe environment as an activity of daily living 1
Living processes 3
The environment 4
Homeostasis and health: Linking the external and internal environments 5
Levels of organisation 10
The biology of life 10
Anatomical orientation: Cavities and the organisation of the body 31
Conclusion: Maintaining a safe environment 33
Chapter summary 34
2 Working and Playing 35
Introduction: Working and playing as activities of daily living 35
Levels of organisation 36
Chemicals: Energy and reactions 37
Energy and ATP 52
Conclusion: Working and playing 62
Chapter summary 63
3 Growing and Developing 64
Introduction: Growing and developing as activities of daily living 64
The external environment 65
The internal environment 65
Why we grow and develop 66
Our foundations: Structure and function 66
Inheritance: Translation, transcription, replication and the genetic code 68
The reproductive system 86
Development and differentiation 90
Stem cells 94
Lifespan changes 97
Conclusion: Growing and developing 100
Chapter summary 101
4 Communicating 102
Introduction: Communicating as an activity of daily living 102
The environment 102
The nervous system 105
Organisation of the nervous system 110
Cellular communication 133
The endocrine system 134
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 140
Conclusion: Communicating 141
Chapter summary 141
5 Controlling and Repairing 142
Introduction: Controlling and repairing as activities of daily living 142
The environment 143
Why we control body temperature 143
Metabolism and thermoregulation 144
Biology and homeostasis 150
The skin as an example of control of repair and growth 154
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 159
Conclusion: Controlling and repairing 161
Chapter summary 162
6 Moving 163
Introduction: Moving as an activity of daily living 163
The environment 163
Pressure 164
Mobility and movement 165
The skeletal system: Bones and joints 165
The muscle system 170
Energy for movement 174
Types of movement 176
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 180
Conclusion: Moving 183
Chapter summary 183
7 Breathing 184
Introduction: Breathing as an activity of daily living 184
The environment 184
The respiratory (pulmonary) system 188
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 201
Conclusion: Breathing 204
Chapter summary 204
8 Transporting 205
Introduction: Transporting as an activity of daily living 205
The environment 205
The blood system 206
The lymphatic system 216
The cardiovascular system 218
The vascular system: Blood vessels 229
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 239
Conclusion: Transporting 240
Chapter summary 240
9 Eating and Drinking 241
Introduction: Eating and drinking as an activity of daily living 241
The environment 242
Food and nutrients 242
Metabolism and calorie requirements 246
Eating 255
Drinking 277
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 279
Conclusion: Eating and drinking 280
Chapter summary 281
10 Eliminating 282
Introduction: Eliminating as an activity of daily living 282
The environment 282
Elimination from the bowel 284
Elimination from the kidneys 286
How waste is removed from the bladder 293
Urine 295
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 296
Conclusion: Eliminating 297
Chapter summary 298
11 Cleansing and Dressing 299
Introduction: Cleansing and dressing as activities of daily living 299
The environment 299
Pathogens 301
The immune system 306
Detection and prevention of infections 309
The innate immune system and response 311
The adaptive immune system and response 315
Changes during lifespan and lifestyle 322
Conclusion: Cleansing and dressing 322
Chapter summary 323
12 Sleeping and Healing 324
Introduction: Sleeping and healing as activities of daily living 324
The environment 324
Sleeping and dreaming 325
Changes during lifespan 327
Pain 329
The Gate Theory 337
Conclusion: Sleeping and healing 338
Chapter summary 339
13 Dying 340
Introduction: Dying as an activity of daily living 340
The environment 340
Population numbers 342
Death and dying: Biological aspects 342
The nature and causation of disease 343
Lifespan 348
Ageing 348
Dying 354
Conclusion: Dying 357
Chapter summary 358
Finale 358
Index 359