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The Human Body Close-Up Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857386042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857386045
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The text is informative and easy to read, retaining in-depth information without delving into the realm of undecipherable jargon ... Whether you want to understand a complex topic, or are looking to increase your knowledge of the human body, this is sure to be a hit' How It Works.

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The Human Body Close-Up is a unique exploration of what we are and how we work in breathtaking, microscopic detail. Over 300 cutting-edge anatomical images beautifully depict the complexity of our cells, tissues and organs and how our body parts and systems group together to form the most wondrous biological machine on the planet - the human body. Starting with the cell - the building block of life - and ending with amazing close-up images of human reproduction, this book reveals the myriad systems and processes that keep humans alive as well as what happens when the body succumbs to illness and disease. Using the very latest microscope technology, you will witness exceptional views of the body - from spectacular scans inside the brain that reveal the almost limitless potential connections of our 100 billion neurons to the tiny Purkinje fibres that play a vital role in controlling heart rate. Dramatic images of the respiratory system show how the lungs exchange gases and how the heart and blood transport vital oxygen to every cell in our body, while vivid micrographs reveal how the digestive system delivers valuable nutrients and how these are transformed by mitochondria into the energy that fuels our bodies. With John Clancy's expert commentary illuminating these stunning images, The Human Body Close-Up is the most innovative and enthralling guide to the drama and astonishing detail of our amazing bodies.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Curious Steven on 11 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recall films InnerSpace(1987) and Fantastic Voyage(1966). In each film a submarine with crew is minituarised then injected into a human body, special effects portray the journey through the body. A drama played out with some medical information imparted.

John Clancy's book The Human Body In Close-Up gives 300 images built up into 3D at the resolutions generated by Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI). It allows us to boldly go into the detail of the human body, showing cell differentiation as a fact more fascinating than any cinematic science fiction.

The 300 images are grouped in to sections showing the bones, muscles, skin, tissues, organs. They are memorably beautiful and are accompanied by instructive text. No drama, but an education in human biology.

The pictures of the composition of far-distant galaxies brought to us from the Hubble Telescope and others give examples of the forces at work over time in the variety of the cosmos. These Human Body images show the fascinating chemical factories of the human cell constructing living tissue to do specific functions.

Not Deep Space, but deep inner space. A thing of beauty, complexity and wonder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob B on 31 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unlike his older sister I have had difficulty getting my 10 year old son to read anything meaningful. However I spotted him looking at a simillar book in the shop at the city gallery, Manchester. He was transfixed by the images that the electron microscope can give. I took this as a sign. I looked for like' books as xmas presents. This is a wonderful book, hardback and in glorious colour. Filled with wonderful Images and bytesized chunks of text that don't overwhelm his reading he has stunned his teacher and won an award for doing a class discussion on the world that is before us but unseen. Oh and there were lots of ughhhhh's and no way and yuk coming from the sofa as he looked at skin, hair and all that we are made up of. Haha
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Lawrence on 18 Jan. 2013
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We have loads of these at school, the kids love to look through and wonder at how intricate these things are, a real talking point. A good, solid hardback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MPD on 1 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful, awe inspiring photographs. A Christmas present I love. Am using pictures as meditation focus to remind me of beautiful vulnerability.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KEN on 13 Mar. 2012
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Yes, thanks Katie Piper for selecting this book on the recent programme covering the restoration of your eyesight to your left eye. If you had not selected this book I would not have known about it. The book is brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who has the slightest interest in how the human body works.
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