Physiology: All You Need to Know About How Your Body Works

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2009 paperback reprint.

Physiology: All You Need to Know About How Your Body Works is a nonfiction popular physiology book edited by Peter Abrahams and published in 2007.

I bought this book on a clearance shelf. The heavy use of illustrations and diagrams convinced me to buy it.


I own a 2009 reprint paperback.



  • An amateur-level description of scores of the body's organs and systems are describe.
  • The book is full color and fully illustrated with hundreds of diagrams and photos.
  • The book uses a magazine style layout which allows you to easily flip to any page and read about any topic without any prerequisite knowledge.


  • The book only skims the surface of each organ and system it discusses. The information is educational, but Only offers high school level descriptions.
  • The read-from-anywhere structure often backfires by using topics or principles the reader won't know unless they've read from several other sections, as well as some that aren't even covered in the book.
  • Though the diagrams are on point, a lot of the photos are just stock photos; they're related to the topic, but they don't convey any useful information.
  • I spotted the rare spelling error and typo. For example, in the section on lungs, the book says the average lung capacity is 55 liters instead of 5.
  • It's minor, but the cover is terrible.


  • Nothing.