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Miracle of the Human Body

The Reproductive System (#108)

Of the body's major systems only the reproductive organs and structures are different in men and women. There is no greater miracle on the planet than the creation of a new life. Join Dr. Mark Reisman as he takes you through each stage of this miracle, from the genetic basis of life, to the development of sex organs, to the formation of sex cells, to conception, to the emergence of the embryo, to the growth sequence of the fetus, and finally to the birth of a new human life. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Classes studying human anatomy will find this series useful in providing information about basic anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and mechanics of the various body systems. Heart surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman describes the anatomy and function of each body system through live-action video, photos, medical imaging, and realistic 3-D animation. The evolutionary development of each body system is also discussed. Cadaver dissections are used to point out structures and organs associated with each system.

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  • The Nervous System (#101)

    There is nothing like it in the universe - the human brain. Join world renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman as he reveals the complex anatomy of the human brain and guides you through the miraculous functioning of the human nervous system. [28 minutes]

  • The Skeletal System (#102)

    The 206 bones of the human skeleton are a miracle of bioengineering. Lightweight and incredibly strong, our bones give us the ability to walk upright, freeing our hands for precise manipulation of objects. See how the skeleton anchors the muscles and protects our essential organs: the heart, lungs and brain. And learn how the bones themselves are chemical factories producing our red blood cells. Join world-renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman as he guides you through the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the skeletal system. [28 minutes]

  • The Muscular System (#103)

    The muscular system is the most intriguing of the body's structures. It is the system we have the most control over. Using a simple principle of physics, the lever principle, our muscles are able to move our skeleton around, allowing us to perform simple tasks of facial communication, refined finger movements and the graceful actions of the elite athlete. Also, understand the unique characteristics of the body's most important muscle - the heart. Join renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman as he guides you through the anatomy and physiology of the human body's many muscles, tendons and ligaments. [28 minutes]

  • The Cardiovascular System (#104)

    At the center of the human cardiovascular system is the heart. The human heart is a muscular organ that is a bioengineering marvel. It works flawlessly, 24/7, throughout the lifetime of each individual. See how it delivers blood, a truly miracle substance, to all parts of the human body through a vast network of arteries and veins. Each component of the cardiovascular system's physiology and anatomy is shown in vivid detail by world renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman. [28 minutes]

  • The Respiratory System (#105)

    Breathing brings oxygen, found in the air we live in, into a unique set of organs called the lungs. Deep inside the lungs, that oxygen is transferred into the blood system and is used to power all of our muscles, including the muscles that produce breathing. Join world renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman as he takes you first through the structures of the air passageway, the anatomy and physiology of the lungs themselves, and finally reveals the mechanism of the incredible gas exchange between the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Then, Dr. Reisman explains the many human respiratory disorders. [28 minutes]

  • The Digestive and Renal System (#106)

    The human body needs to take in food and water found in the environment, and through an almost miraculous sequence of mechanical and chemical processes, it converts that food into nutrients that sustain all the body's activities. The digestive tract alone has nine major organs devoted to this process and the renal tract three. Join world-renowned surgeon Dr. Mark Reisman as he provides you with a unique look at the anatomy and physiology of the many organs and structures of digestion. Lastly, discover the properties of metabolism and nutrition. [28 minutes]

  • The Sensory System (#107)

    Touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight - the human body's five major senses. They are senses that have evolved independently over millions of years but are brought together by our marvelous central nervous system into the most refined way of interacting with the environment of any species on the planet. Join Dr. Mark Reisman as he provides you with a unique look at the anatomy and physiology of each of these sensory systems and shows how the brain uses them to produce what we call being human. [28 minutes]

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