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How the Body Works
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Table of Contents

  • 1: Under the microscope
    • 1: Who's in charge?
    • 2: Organ to cell
    • 3: How cells work
    • 4: What is DNA?
    • 5: How cells multiply
    • 6: How genes work
    • 7: How genes make different cells
    • 8: Stem cells
    • 9: When DNA goes wrong
  • 2: Holding it together
    • 1: Skin Deep
    • 2: Outer defences
    • 3: The extremities
    • 4: Pillars of support
    • 5: Growing bones
    • 6: Flexibility
    • 7: Biting and chewing
    • 8: The grinder
    • 9: Skin damage
    • 10: Breaking and mending
    • 11: Wearing thin
  • 3: On the move
    • 1: Pulling power
    • 2: How do muscles pull?
    • 3: Working, stretching, pulling, braking
    • 4: Sensory input, action output
    • 5: The control centre
    • 6: Communication hub
    • 7: Sparking into life
    • 8: Act or relax?
    • 9: Knocks, sprains, and tears
  • 4: Sensitive types
    • 1: Feeling the pressure
    • 2: How do you feel?
    • 3: Pain's pathway
    • 4: How the eye works
    • 5: Forming an image
    • 6: Vision in the brain
    • 7: Eye problems
    • 8: How the ear works
    • 9: How the brain hears
    • 10: Balancing act
    • 11: Hearing problems
    • 12: Catching a scent
    • 13: On the tip of the tongue
    • 14: Body position sense
    • 15: Integrated senses
    • 16: Using your voice
    • 17: Reading faces
    • 18: What you don't say
  • 5: The heart of the matter
    • 1: Filling your lungs
    • 2: From air to blood
    • 3: Why do we breathe?
    • 4: Coughs and sneezes
    • 5: The many tasks of our blood
    • 6: How the heart beats
    • 7: How blood travels
    • 8: Broken blood vessels
    • 9: Heart problems
    • 10: Exercising and its limits
    • 11: Fitter and stronger
    • 12: Maximizing your fitness
  • 6: In and out
    • 1: Feeding the body
    • 2: How does eating work?
    • 3: A mouth to feed
    • 4: Gut reaction
    • 5: Up, down, and out
    • 6: Bacterial breakdown
    • 7: Cleaning the blood
    • 8: Water balance
    • 9: How the liver works
    • 10: What the liver does
    • 11: Energy balance
    • 12: The sugar trap
    • 13: Feast or fast?
    • 14: Digestive problems
  • 7: Fit and healthy
    • 1: Body battleground
    • 2: Friend or foe?
    • 3: Germs are us
    • 4: Damage limitation
    • 5: Infectious diseases
    • 6: Looking for trouble
    • 7: Assassination squad
    • 8: Cold and flu
    • 9: Vaccine action
    • 10: Immune problems
  • 8: Chemical balance
    • 1: Hormone factories
    • 2: How hormones work
    • 3: Inner balance
    • 4: Hormonal changes
    • 5: Daily rhythms
    • 6: Diabetes
  • 9: The circle of life
    • 1: Sexual reproduction
    • 2: Monthly cycle
    • 3: Tiny beginnings
    • 4: The generation game
    • 5: Growing life
    • 6: Mother's new body
    • 7: The miracle of birth
    • 8: Primed for life
    • 9: Growing up
    • 10: Hormonal teenagers
    • 11: Getting older
    • 12: The end of life
  • 10: Mind matters
    • 1: Learning skills
    • 2: Making memories
    • 3: Falling asleep
    • 4: Entering your dreams
    • 5: All emotional
    • 6: Fight or flight?
    • 7: Emotional problems
    • 8: Feeling attraction
    • 9: Extraordinary Minds
  • 11: Index
  • 12: Acknowledgements

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