“Eat the right foods.”
“Get enough sleep.”
“Wash your hands often.”
We certainly hear a lot of advice about how to keep our bodies working well!
The human body is a complex and unique set of structures and systems. Although humans are the most advanced of organisms, the study of human biology sheds light on the similarities among all life forms.
In this chapter you will learn about:
Why is it important to understand human biology? The more we learn about how our bodies work, the more successful we can be at maintaining good health.
To set goals for learning about human biology, make a chart with a row for each of the major body systems covered in this chapter: Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Respiratory, Excretory, Circulatory, Nervous, Endocrine, and Reproductive. For each system listed, write a question you want answered to learn more about that system. As you read, look for an answer to each question and write it in the second column for each topic.