Your Body

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Oreilly & Associates Inc

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Your Body: The Missing Manual. Do you know you shed skin more frequently than a snake? Or that no matter how much you diet or exercise, the number of fat cells you have rarely changes? This entertaining and informative tour of your body explains these and many other fascinating facts, and provides practical advice to fine-tune the vessel you inhabit.

Author Biography

Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly). He has also written Excel 2007:The Missing Manual, Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual, Access 2007:The Missing Manual, and Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual, all from O'Reilly. His web site is

Table of Contents

The Missing Creditsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
From the Outside In
Skin: Your Outer Layerp. 7
The Protective Wrapperp. 8
Skin and the Sunp. 13
Going Deeperp. 18
The Oil Factoryp. 21
Your Temperature Control Systemp. 23
Hairp. 30
Fatp. 37
The Purpose of Fatp. 38
Fat Up Closep. 39
Taking Stock of Your Body Fatp. 44
Where Fat Livesp. 51
Understanding Your Body's Anti-Starvation Systemp. 55
Musclesp. 65
Meet Your Musclesp. 66
Exercisep. 72
A Grab Bag of Strength Exercisesp. 80
Bonesp. 89
The Skeletal Systemp. 90
Living Bonep. 92
Jointsp. 95
Your Spinep. 98
The Doors of Perceptionp. 105
Visionp. 107
Hearingp. 115
Smellp. 124
Tastep. 127
The Machinery Inside
Your Lungsp. 133
The Respiratory Systemp. 134
Breathingp. 138
The Path to Your Lungsp. 140
Your Voicep. 145
Pollutionp. 149
Your Heartp. 157
The Pump Insidep. 158
The Circulatory Systemp. 164
Heart Attacksp. 168
Cardio Exercisep. 172
Your Digestive Systemp. 179
In Your Mouthp. 180
Your Stomachp. 186
Your Small Intestinep. 190
Your Large Intestinep. 195
Your Immune Systemp. 205
Self-Defensep. 206
Bacteriap. 212
Virusesp. 220
Cancerp. 226
Flaws in the Systemp. 229
Sex and Death
Sex and Reproductionp. 235
Male Sex Organsp. 236
Female Sex Organsp. 243
The Main Eventp. 252
Your Final Exit: Aging and Deathp. 257
Life Expectancyp. 258
Why We Diep. 261
Agingp. 265
The Anatomy of Deathp. 269
The Final Wordp. 275
Indexp. 277
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