Beginning with an exploration of the components of the urinary system, this volume of the Encyclopedia of the Human Body discusses the role and function of each part of the urinary system and how they work together to remove waste from the body. Watson also explores how the urinary system maintains chemical balance and hydration in the body. The history of research related to the urinary system is presented and the future of research in this field is considered. Current controversies and dilemmas of scientists performing this research are explored. Symptoms and treatments of urinary system diseases and disorders are explored, including kidney cancer, gout, urinary tract infections, incontinence, prostate cancer and dialysis. This reference concludes with information about maintaining a healthy urinary system, a comprehensive glossary, and resources for further information including Web sites and contact information for medical organizations and support groups.
The set provides a complete, comprehensive reference source for students interested in the human body. Each book in this ten-volume set introduces and describes a specific body system, including the parts and function of each system, the history of discovery, related diseases and treatments, as well as possible future advances in research. Detailed illustrations and diagrams, including an eight-page color insert, provide a visual reference for written material.
About the Author
STEPHANIE WATSON is an independent scholar who has written and contributed to numerous works, including World of Genetics and Science and Its Times. She is the author of The Urinary System, and coauthor of The Endocrine System, both in Greenwood's Human Body Systems series.
Table of Contents
The Urinary System
The Urinary System: From Birth to Old Age
Urology Comes of Age: A History of the Profession from Antiquity to the 21st Century
When the Kidneys Malfunction: Kidney Diseases and Abnormalities
Kidney Failure: Dialysis and Transplantation
Diseases and Disorders of the Bladder
Benign and Cancerous Prostate Growth
Urinary Tract Infections