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The Urinary Tract [electronic resource]: Water!

This program shows the crucial part water plays in the body's functioning and the system for keeping it in balance. Drinking, sweating, and breathing are covered. The urinary tract is analyzed in detail, with particular attention to the functioning of the kidneys.
Online
2005; 1984
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Reproduction [electronic resource]: Shares in the Future

This, the first of four programs on reproduction and birth, looks at how the male and female bodies are prepared for their task of increasing the human race. The program shows the characteristics of sperm and ova and how each contains a partial blueprint for the future offspring. The mechanism of cell division is shown through exceptional microphotography, and the mechanisms of heredity are carefully described.
Online
2006; 1984
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Review of Biology [electronic resource]: Design for Living

The final program recapitulates and reviews the principal messages of the curriculum as it summarizes the functions and designs of the body's major systems and organs and the methods by which they interact.
Online
2005; 1984
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Sleep [electronic resource]: Dream Voyage

What happens to the body during sleep? This program explores the mystery of REM sleep, shows a computer display of the waves that sweep across the brain during sleep, and presents extraordinary footage of a cat "acting out" its dreams. The analogy of sleep to a ship on automatic pilot graphically illustrates how some functions must and do continue while the conscious brain is asleep.
Online
2006; 1984
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The Circulatory System [electronic resource]: Two Hearts That Beat as One

This program describes the structure and functioning of the heart. It analyzes the three basic components of the heart-muscle, valves, and pacemaker-and shows how each one contributes to the proper functioning of the organ as a whole.
Online
2005; 1984
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The Nervous System [electronic resource]: Nerves at Work

This program looks at nerve signals and how they are transmitted. It looks at the part played by nerve messages in reflex activities and at both the chemical and electrical activities of networks of nerve cells in contact.
Online
2005; 1984
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The Senses [electronic resource]: Skin Deep

This, the first of two programs on the senses, looks at those sense receptors that depend on contact with the immediate world: taste buds, touch sensors, and olfactory cells. These receptors also sense heat, pain, and pressure. The complex world just beneath the skin is re-created with realistic models, showing events like the pulling of a hair seen from the viewpoint of the root.
Online
2005; 1984
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Life Under Pressure [electronic resource]

This program follows the journey of a red blood cell around the circulatory system to demonstrate the efficient and elegant design of oxygen and food delivery to all parts of the body and the removal of wastes before they can do harm. It shows how the veins and arteries are structured to perform their tasks: muscular arteries to transmit the force of the heartbeat, veins with valves to insure the blood's return to the heart.
Online
2005; 1984
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Hot and Cold [electronic resource]

Using the extremes of temperature that occur in a day's skiing, this program shows the range of mechanisms through which the human body maintains a steady internal temperature and protects its vital organs: shivering, hair erection, and rerouting of blood supplies to conserve heat; increased blood flow to the body surface, sweating, and panting to lose heat.
Online
2006; 1984
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Hormones [electronic resource]: Messengers

The delicate interplay of hormones is responsible for all the events of reproduction. How many other body processes are controlled and coordinated by these chemical messengers becomes apparent in this program, which follows the role hormones play in response to a sudden emergency: the 'fight or flight' reaction.
Online
2005; 1984
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Mechanisms of Defense [electronic resource]: Accident

The body is like a self-supporting hospital, able to deal on its own with wounds, bacterial invasions, fractures, and obstructions to its various passages. This program follows the sequence of events over seconds and weeks when skin or bone is damaged and shows the defensive reactions of blood clotting, fever, and mending of bone fracture.
Online
2006; 1984
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Internal Defenses [electronic resource]

This program deals with events when the entire body is under attack-when bacteria or viruses invade the whole system. It shows the roles of the spleen, the lymphatic system, and the white blood cells, and explains the body's production of antibodies. With the common cold as the main example, it demonstrates the sequence from viral attack to recovery.
Online
2005; 1984
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Coming Together [electronic resource]

Attraction, desire, and sexual coupling lead to conception. This program covers the physiological events underlying the process of reproduction.
Online
2006; 1984
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Aging [electronic resource]

This program covers the physical process of aging, examining the various body systems to see how and why they change as they age. It also shows that not all the changes in older people are inevitable and that some changes in the aging body can be slowed down or reversed.
Online
2006; 1984
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A New Life [electronic resource]

This program looks at the events that lead from the fertilized cell to a human baby. Using film of living fetuses in the womb, it explains how the familiar human shape is "sculpted" out of the basic cell mass, what controls the timing of the various stages of fetal development, and what life is like for a fetus.
Online
2006; 1984
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Introduction to the Body [electronic resource]: Landscapes and Interiors

An introduction to human biology-the subject of that most fascinating human study, ourselves. The program shows a wide range of human activities, and how the body enables us to live in diverse climates and perform diverse activities. Extraordinary close-up filming over the body's exterior and in its interior causes surface differences to fade away and enables viewers to see the immensely complex and interactive systems that constitute the living body.
Online
2006; 1984
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Eyes and Ears [electronic resource]

This program is devoted to the senses that bring information of more distant events. The camera shows a reckless driver careening down a road-and then takes the viewer inside his eye, where the image of the potential crash site is pictured. The camera enters the ear, showing how the linked bones vibrate in response to a sound, and by using a computer graphic sequence, shows how the eye focuses on an image.
Online
2005; 1984
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Cell Duplication [electronic resource]: Growth and Change

This program uses the fascinating setting of a circus to provide the analogy for growth. A magician creating the illusion of multiplying balls introduces micro-photography showing how cells divide and multiply. The program shows how bones are continually being built and destroyed and, in a spectacular sequence of time-lapse photography, actually captures a tooth growing-from the moment it first peeps out of the gum until it falls out.
Online
2005; 1984
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Digestion [electronic resource]: Eating to Live

This program, one segment of the widely-acclaimed The Living Body series, looks at appetite and hunger. In some of the most dramatic interior film of the series, it shows the actions of a salivary gland, the swallowing reflex, and the powerful churning of the stomach as food is broken down and processed.
Online
2005; 1984
20.

Breakdown [electronic resource]

This program, from The Living Body series, investigates the digestive consequences when a family sits down to lunch. As the first morsel is put into the mouth, the camera watches from inside as the molars clamp down and the process of breakdown and transformation occurs. It follows the food through the entire alimentary tract, showing how it is dissolved in acid, how the liver and gallbladder work, and how digestion and absorption work.
Online
2005; 1984