Manga Guide to Physiology

Manga Guide to Physiology

# 032743

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Item #: 032743
ISBN: 9781593274405
Grades: 9-AD

Product Description:

The setting: a nondescript school campus. Our main character, Kumiko, has flunked physiology. She has one more chance to pass the course, but the final exam is the same day as her marathon race! As she preps mentally and physically for these crucial events, we get a first-hand view of the relevant physiology concepts. With memorable scenes and simple, straightforward diagrams, we learn (as Kumiko does) how the organs and systems work, what happens when they malfunction, and how the 10 body systems work together. The book engages with dialogue and Manga cartoons, helping students understand their bodies, introducing and overviewing difficult concepts and vocabulary. Anatomy and physiology terms are clear and understandable; diagrams are simplified without explicit display (particularly appreciated in the discussion of sexual reproduction and hormones). Will Kumiko cross the finish line? Read and find out for yourself. 7”x 9”, 240 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

Publisher Description:

Student nurse Kumiko has just flunked her physiology exam and has one last shot at passing her makeup test. Lucky for her, newbie health science professor Kaisei needs a guinea pig for his physiology lectures.

Join Kumiko in The Manga Guide to Physiology as she examines the inner workings of the body while training hard for the campus marathon. You’ll learn all about:

  • How the digestive system and the Citric Acid Cycle break food down into nutrients and energy
  • How the body regulates temperature and vital fluids
  • The body’s powerful cell defense system, led by helper T cells and enforced by macrophages
  • The architecture of the central nervous system
  • The kidneys’ many talents: blood filtration, homeostasis, and energy production

You’ll also gain insight into medical procedures like electrocardiograms, blood pressure tests, spirograms, and more.

Whether you’re cramming for a test like Kumiko or just want a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physiology is your fun, cartoon guide to the human body.

Category Description for Manga Guide to ____:

This graphic novel series communicates difficult science concepts in fun, bite-size ways. Each book combines the work of 3 experts (a scientist specializing in that subject, manga illustrator, and writer), who aim to introduce, overview, and pique students’ interests in challenging subjects. Each book’s main character needs to solve a problem—using science, of all things! In the process, each learns and practices scientific principles. The Manga style does not get in the way of learning but enhances it, conveying tough scientific concepts through stories interspersed with definitions, key concepts, and diagrams. Detailed indexes help readers find just what is needed. 7”x 9”, pb. (200+ pgs). ~ Ruth

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