Human Structure

Objectives

When you have completed this section, you should be able to

  • list the levels of human structure from the most complex to the simplest;
  • discuss the value of both reductionistic and holistic viewpoints to understanding human form and function; and
  • discuss the clinical significance of anatomical variation among humans.

Earlier in this chapter, we observed that human anatomy is studied by a variety of techniques—dissection, palpation, and so forth. In addition, anatomy is studied at several levels of detail, from the whole body down to the molecular level.

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Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

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