Body Parts: Microhistories of the Physical Self

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Unlike many of our health science folks, I was academically an English major (and then an education major and then a library science major), so my formal education surrounding anatomy and physiology is lacking. Maybe that's why I love books about the human body so much, especially microhistories that dig deep into particular anatomical aspects.

Or maybe I remember The Magic School Bus and then the Futurama tribute episode fondly, both of which were inspired by the 1966 science fiction classic film The Fantastic Voyage.

Ms. Frizzle and Liz, the class chameleon, winking at each other from the animated children's television show The Magic School Bus

Maybe this is your genre, too? If so, check out some of our collection of books about body parts and systems and learn more about your insides and outside, too!

From head to toe, inside and out--

What about some of your inner workings, processes, and genetic building blocks?

We also have books for kids in the Main Campus Children's Collection!

And to share the best article about a body part I've ever read in my whole entire life (complete with facts and an abundance of puns) that is also set to be published in 2022's The Best American Science and Nature Writing (edited by Durham Tech Library favorite Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson), may I introduce "The Body's Most Embarrassing Organ Is an Evolutionary Marvel" by Katherine J. Wu.

The Atlantic "The Body's Most Embarrassing Organ Is an Evolutionary Marvel" by Katherine J. Wu-- Tagline: And yet we have very little idea where anuses come from.