The Stuff of Life

Profiles of the Molecules That Make Us Tick

Eric P. Widmaier

Times Books

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In The Stuff of Life , Eric P. Widmaier deconstructs the fundamental processes of the human body and focuses on those vital biological substances that aren't particularly well understood. By examining the blueprints that dictate what we are, Widmaier answers questions, including:

- Why are some fats worse than others?
- Is cholesterol actually good for anything?
- How does the stomach digest food?
- Why do we need to breathe and why can't we hold our breath for very long?
- How does a single carbon atom contribute to the difference between a man and a woman?
- Where does our energy come from?

The Stuff of Life answers these and many more common questions about how the body works in a concise, easy-to-read handbook complete with illustrations.

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The Stuff of Life
[1]The BlueprintsThe human body is built in layers of complexity. Viewed in its entirety, the body's different parts can be observed to work together in an integrative way. The brain controls the function of the heart, which in turn controls the function of the muscles and other organs. Likewise, the pituitary gland controls several hormone glands, which in turn determine electrolyte balance, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism. On a less global scale, each of the organs in the body (the liver, kidneys, skin, heart, and so on) are themselves composed of smaller units.

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Eric P. Widmaier

Eric Widmaier is the author of Why Geese Don't Get Obese and is a professor of biology at Boston University. He has written numerous articles for scientific and nonscientific publications. He lives in Boston, Massachusettes.

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The Stuff of Life
Profiles of the Molecules That Make Us Tick
Eric P. Widmaier

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
September 2003
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ISBN: 9781429938778
ISBN10: 1429938773
162 pages
$7.99
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