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updated 09/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Human Bodyby Dr. Jonathan Miller

Anatomy and Physiology
by Dr. James Bevan

Miller, who has already demonstrated his versatility as a comedian in Broadway's Beyond the Fringe and as a scientist in PBS' The Body in Question, has now produced a pop-up book to top all pop-up books. It's a collection of movable three-dimensional illustrations by David Pelham that are beautiful, entertaining and instructive, though it is a shock to open the book and find a half-skull dropping its jaw and sticking out its tongue. By pulling a tab, for example, a reader can see inside the human ear or how blood cells travel or how muscles are flexed and a bicep swells. All in all, this is a genuine marvel. (Viking, $16.95) The Bevan volume (Simon and Schuster, paper, $8.95) is more conventional, but many of the colorful diagrams are especially inventive. A cell is described as a factory that includes a radar scanner, a computer, a production plant (where molecules are built), a power plant, a railway, power cables, a packaging plant and more. The same care went into sections on the skeleton, muscles, blood, digestion, the eye, sex, childbirth, metabolism, nutrition and other aspects of anatomy and physiology. Bevan, a general practitioner and textbook author, is not as innovative as Miller, but his work covers more territory in more detail.

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