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this book is a hugely good read ... This volume is perfect for browsing, simultaneously comprehensive and eclectic, and great fun! (British Medical Journal)
About the Author
Colin Blakemore is Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the McDonnell-Pew Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He is a past president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Sheila Jennett is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow, where she was head of the Department of Physiology.
This is an impressive tome with an even more impressive list of expert contributors. Laid out in alphabetical order (the entries, not the expert contributors), we begin with Abdomen ("The proper anatomical term for what is colloquially known as the belly") and conclude, ironically, with Zygote ("the cell that results from fertilisation"). Well-referenced, well cross-indexed, copiously illustrated, with advice on further reading, it is a joy of a book to browse. You find yourself trying to look up one subject, then being sidetracked and going off to look up a dozen others. Simply written, it nevertheless retains its authority, conveying information without ever patronising or talking down to the lay reader. Nor does it neglect Eastern or alternative medicines. This is not the source of advice on how to tackle childhood ailments or apply a cold compress. Rather it is a major work of reference which will enable you to understand the workings of the human body. An essential reference work for any writer ... or anyone who is active in a quiz team ... or anyone with an inquiring mind. An absolute joy to read and use.
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A must!4 Jan. 2004
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Where do you go when you want to know something related to the human body, find out what cosmetic surgery is, or magnetic brain stimulation, or perhaps what is the Hinduism view of the body. Today answer is obviously: you log on the internet. The only problem is that you don't know how serious and reliable the information is across the variety of links. It can be good or bad. If you're not an expert, it's tough to decide, isn't? Colin Blakemore and Sheila Jennett, two distinguished British Professors of Physiology, with the help of 350 experts, did a beautiful job in editing an authoritative and fascinating guide, which covers every aspect of the human body, including many that you would have never thought about. It includes an impressive range of academic domains (e.g., Anthropology, Medical Sciences, Psychology, Religion, Philosophy, Sociology to name a few) that makes the book captivating. In addition, this impressive knowledge is readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader. The Oxford Companion to the Body is clearly a book that can have many different uses. It has its place in your school, college as well as in your lab. I myself have it as one of my favorite bedside reading, and given the number of pages (753) and issues covered (over 1000 entries), it's going to be a great companion for a long time.