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 Blake 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. Great book, very informative Love the Oxford series. great reference Who is not interested in how the body works how it grows, develops, and ages how it goes wrong how it has inspired artists and been the focus of ceremony and ritual The extraordinary human body has been one of the great subjects of fascination and enquiry over the centuries The Oxford Companion to the Body presents many of the results of this curiosity from a wide variety of viewpoints, including those of writers, life scientists, historians, philosophers, health professionals, artists, psychologists, anthropologists, theologians, and many others The Companion is a fascinating and authoritative guide to every aspect of the body It provides concise and readable accounts of the structure and function of all the major systems of the body, and the causes of disorders which affect them Interwoven with this coverage of the science of the body are entertaining and informative articles on social and religious attitudes to the body, its decoration and mutilation throughout history, the ceremonies and myths that surround the body, and its significance for artists, philosophers and writers Although the contributors are international experts, it is written for a wide audience, and will appeal to anyone seeking an approachable reference to the human body, as well as to those studying or working in related fields Included in the Companion Overentries, from addiction and Adam s rib to witchcraft and X rays, and overexpert contributors, under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board Extensive coverage of subjects relating to the body, from the molecular events in individual cells to the nude in art, from birth to funeral practices, from ape man to space travel, and the biomedical sciences in their cultural and historical contexts Overpages withillustrations andpages of colour plates Alphabetically arrranged entries with full cross referencing, comprehensive indexing, and suggested further reading The Companion is a unique and important reference source, which will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the human body Colin Blake is Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford His research interests include vision and the development of the brain, and he has written and broadcast on many issues, ranging from consciousness and mad cow disease, to mobile phones and ethical issues in medical research Sheila Jennett is Emeritus Profesor of Physiology, University of Glasgow Starting from a background in clinical medicine, her research interest in cardiorespiratory function has included responses to analgesics, to high and low oxygen, and to exercise