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Bodily Systems and the Modular Structure of the Human Body

  • Barry Smith
  • Igor Papakin
  • Katherine Munn
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2780)

Abstract

Medical science conceives the human body as a system comprised of many subsystems at a variety of levels. At the highest level are bodily systems proper, such as the endocrine system, which are central to our understanding of human anatomy, and play a key role in diagnosis and in dynamic modeling as well as in medical pedagogy and computer visualization. But there is no explicit definition of what a bodily system is; such informality is acceptable in documentation created for human beings, but falls short of what is needed for computer representations. Our analysis is intended as a first step towards filling this gap.

Keywords

Critical Function Bodily System Proper Function Modular Structure Proper Part 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Smith
    • 1
    • 2
  • Igor Papakin
    • 1
  • Katherine Munn
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity at BuffaloBuffalo

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