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29/July/2017 The Human Body 2 2017 now available at University Book Shop!!


Hey everybody, The Human Body 2 2017 edition is now available from the University Book Shop.

Make sure you get your copy soon, and have an awesome Semester 2!

29/March/2016 The Human Body 2017 coming soon...


Hi! Just letting you all know that The Human Body 1 2017 edition is nearly here. We'll post again very soon with an ETA as to when it will be available from the University Book Shop.

Hope everyone's had a great start to the year!!

24/October/2016 The Human Body 2 2016 corrections

Hello everybody, thanks so much for your support of The Human Body 2 2016 edition! Just updating you with a few corrections pointed out by your observant colleagues.

All the best to everyone for the exam period, and enjoy your Summer break! :)

  • Page 35 under Laryngopharynx, the last sentence of the third point states that “During swallowing the laryngopharynx is blocked off.” However, to say that the ‘laryngopharynx’ is closed off during swallowing is not correct. It should be reworded as follows "During swallowing the larynx is closed off, ensuring that anything swallowed passes into the digestive tract via the oesophagus." (thanks Non!)
  • Page 48 the equation for PACO2 should read "PACO2 = PICO2 + (VCO2/VA)" (thanks Non and Julian!)
  • Page 86 "The rate of chemical digestion is proportional to the surface area of molecules available for enzymes to work on." should be replaced with "The rate of chemical digestion is proportional to the surface area of food particles available for enzymes to work on.";
  • Page 86 "Mechanical digestion reduces the size of molecules and increases the surface area of molecules, which is why it occurs before chemical digestion." should be replaced with "Mechanical digestion reduces the size of food particles, increasing their surface area, which is why it occurs before chemical digestion.";
  • Page 89 Figure 3.24, remove ‘Small molecules’ and ‘Large molecules’ from the diagram; Page 89 under Paracellular Pathway "Does not require solutes to cross the cell membrane, rather they pass between cells." should be replaced with "Does not require molecules to cross the cell membrane, rather they pass between cells.";
  • Page 89 under Cellular Pathway "The solutes absorbed must cross two cell membranes" should be replaced with "The molecules absorbed must cross two cell membranes";
  • Page 89 "Therefore, the passage of molecules across the available surface area can be maximised through reduction in size (chemical digestion) of the solutes so they can take the paracellular pathway, or through specific transport proteins that allow the products of digestion that we want to absorb to be selectively transported." should be replaced with "Therefore, the process of chemical digestion generates both molecules that are small enough to be absorbed passively via the paracellular pathway, and also those that are the specific products of digestion that can be absorbed selectively via specific transport proteins. This maximises the absorption of molecules across the available surface area of the gastrointestinal tract." (thanks Lawrence!)
  • Page 132 the three parts of the male urethra do not correspond exactly with the three different epithelial cell types, as it is only the last part of the penile urethra near the external opening that is lined by stratified squamous epithelium. Under Penile urethra (or spongy urethra), the first point should be changed from "Stratified squamous epithelium" to "Columnar epithelium, changing to stratified squamous epithelium near the external opening" (thanks Jo!)
  • Page 145 under Gastrulation states that "The existing hypoblast is now referred to as the endoderm." however, as is covered in Lesson 49, all three germ layers are formed from the epiblast, so the new points should state as follows "Cells grow towards the primitive streak and then migrate through it. Three germ layers are formed from the epiblast. The cells that migrate through the streak first form the endoderm, another group of cells that migrate through next form the middle layer called the mesoderm, and the remaining cells form the most exterior layer, the ectoderm." (thanks Michel)

12/August/2016 The Human Body 2 2016 now available at University Book Shop!!!


Hello everybody, The Human Body 2 2016 edition is now available from the University Book Shop. We've heard copies are selling very quickly again already, thanks very much for all your support!

Hope your second semester has started out well, and wishing you all the best for your terms test :)

12/May/2016 The Human Body 1 2016 update and corrections

Hi everyone, letting you know there's just a handful of copies of The Human Body 1 2016 edition left at the University Book Shop. Due to high demand there will be a small final print run which we hope will be available by the end of next week, but if you want to ensure you get your copy best to get in quick!

We've had several of your colleagues identify some corrections to be made to the book, so thanks to them (they will all receive $20 UBS vouchers) we'd like you to note the following changes:

  • Page 2 under Connective Tissue, the third bullet point correctly states that “Adipose tissue (fat) and reticular connective tissue (which supports lymph organs like the lymph nodes) are also connective tissue proper.” BUT this bullet-point has accidentally been placed underneath the “Specialised connective tissue” heading, it should be listed under "Connective tissue proper" (thanks Adhirai!)
  • Page 20 please refer to the text description on page 21 for detailed description of the stages of bone healing and adjust the wording for the second picture in the diagram of bone healing on page 20 to state: "2 weeks. Chondroblasts (differentiated from fibroblasts) help create a soft callus" (thanks Ethan!)
  • Page 56 under Contraction, the second bullet point should be revised to read: "Depolarisation of the muscle cell causes voltage gated Ca2+ channels in the T-tubules to open, releasing some Ca2+ into the sarcoplasm." and the third bullet point should be revised to read: “More importantly, these activated T-tubule channels interact with Ca2+ release channels in the sarcoplasmic reticulum and open them." (thanks Hannah!)
  • Page 75 due to the above change, under the Excitation-contraction coupling heading, the second bullet point should be revised to read: "EPP occurs at NMJ, opening voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in T-tubules which interact with Ca2+ release channels in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, causing an efflux of Ca2+ from there into the sarcoplasm.”

8/April/2016 The Human Body 1 2016 now available at University Book Shop!!!


Hey everybody, just letting you know that The Human Body 1 2016 edition is now available from the University Book Shop!

Wishing you all good luck for your terms test :)

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