Virtual Organ Systems


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Graphics and animations illustrating the anatomy, physiology and pathology of each organ system

VOS

Using computer-generated images, realistic animations and actual photos, the Virtual Organ Systems series provides an easy to understand introduction to the major organ systems of the human body. Each volume includes:

  • 20-30 video clips with on-screen text and narration
  • Rich navigational features include a content topic menu, introductory and summary slides for each topic, bookmarking and term-search function
  • 6 month or 12 month individual user license for ONLINE access

An introduction to the anatomy, physiology, and pathology
of the human body’s
major organ systems.

Intuitive navigational options for easy access to content. Information presented to help you learn
at your own pace.

Rich computer-generated animations supplemented with engaging narration, making content easy to understand.

13 Virtual Organ System Programs

Cell and Tissue

volume 1

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This program introduces the structure and mechanism of cells such as the function of cell membranes, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and Golgi apparatus. It also examines cell division, tumors caused by irregular cell cycle, death of a cell, etc.
Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Masako Mitsumata (MD, PhD, Nihon Univ.)
 

Nervous System

volume 2

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This program explains the structure and function of both the central nervous system (including the cerebrum, cerebellum, and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system. It also examines the mechanism of transmission of information, the role of various types of nerve cells, automatic nervous system, etc.
Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Masako Mitsumata (MD, PhD, Nihon Univ.)
 

Circulatory System

volume 3

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This program examines the structure of the heart, heart beat, heart sounds, cardiac contractility, cardiac cycle, and heart failure. It also explores the role of arteries and veins, the lymphoid system, and related diseases such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and edema.
Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Masako Mitsumata (MD, PhD, Nihon Univ.)
 

Respiratory System

volume 4

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This program examines the structures of the lung, respiratory tract, the exchange and transportation of blood gas, the pH scale control, and respiratory system diseases such as bronchitis and fibroid lung. It also looks at the structures and functions of pleural, respiratory muscles, and other abnormal respiratory patterns.
Supervisor: Hideho Arita(MD, PhD, Toho Univ.)
Academic Support: Osamu Matsubara (MD, PhD, National Defense Medical College)
 

Skeletal and Muscle System

volume 5

 

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This program describes types and structures of bones, and discusses bone metabolism, fractures, kinds of arthritis, and bone abnormalities such as bone dislocation, etc. It also covers the structure and function of skeletal muscles, muscular contraction, electromyogram, etc.
Supervisor: Keishoku Sakuraba (MD, PhD, Juntendo Univ.)

Digestive System

volume 6

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This program illustrates the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system including oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. It also describes tumors of teh digestive tract, and digestive system diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatoma, gallstones, etc.
Supervisor: Nobuhiro Sato (MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Juntendo Univ.)
 

Urinary Tract System

volume 7

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This program explains the structural characteristics of the kidney, urinary tract, and the mechanisms of urine production. It also discusses how the kidney controls body fluid volume and blood pressure, and regulates acid-base balance. Kidney-related diseases such as glomerulonephritis and diabetic nephropathy are described.
Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Hidekazu Shigematsu (MD, Professor Emeritus, Shinshu Univ.)
 

Reproductive System

volume 8

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This program introduces the structure and mechanism of cells such as the function of cell membranes, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and Golgi apparatus. It also examines cell division, tumors caused by irregular cell cycle, death of a cell, etc.
Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Masako Mitsumata (MD, PhD, Nihon Univ.)
 

Endocrine System

volume 9

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This program explains the structure and function of hormones and the endocrine glands from which these hormones are released (e.g. hypothalamus, thyroid glands, parathyroid glands, and adrenal glands). It also describes diseases caused by endocrine disorders such as Cushing syndrome, diabetes, etc.

Supervisor: Kazunori Ishimura (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)
Academic Support: Ryohei Kato (MD, PhD, University of Yamanahi)

 

 

Blood

volume 10

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This program introduces the structure and mechanism of cells such as the function of cell membranes, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and Golgi apparatus. It also examines cell division, tumors caused by irregular cell cycle, death of a cell, etc.
Supervisor: Selichi Kitagawa(MD, PhD, Osaka City Univ.)
 

Skin and Sensory System

volume 11

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This program explains the structure and function of visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile, and gustatory organs. It also introduces various types of diseases related to the sensory system, such as color vision disorder, difficulty in hearing, and Meniere’s disease.
Supervisor: Tadashi Hisamitu (MD, PhD, Showa Univ.)
 

Infection

volume 12

 

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This program illustrates the mechanisms of infection, type of pathogenic microbes and how to inspect them. It also describes how to prevent infection with sterilization, antibacterial drugs, etc.
Supervisor: Jun Igari (MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Juntendo Univ.)

Immune System

volume 13

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This program explains the mechanisms associated with immune reactions and discusses various types of allergies. It also covers various aspects of autoimmune disorders and immunodeficiency. Using tuberculosis and vaccine an example, it explains certain types of infections and their prevention.

Supervisor: Toshio Hattori (MD, PhD, Tokushima Univ.)

 

 

Institutional and Individual User Licensing

Institutional Licensing

Help your students boost their knowledge of organ systems by purchasing an institutional site license*

With the Institutional License, your institution receives a DVD copy of each of the selected volumes to place in its Library/Learning Resource Center for anyone to use. PLUS a special discount for students who purchase the online subscription!*

*ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT! Your institution’s sit e license allows your students, faculty, and staff to purchase the Individual User License to access the online version of Virtual Organ Systems volumes that are included in your site license for a 50% discount!

Individual User Licensing

Individuals may purchase a 6-month or 12-month subscription to our new online version of Virtual Organ Systems! 13 volumes to choose from, each covering one of the body’s major organ systems!