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DK The Human Body App

By Dorling Kindersley

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A multi-award winning app that takes a ground-breaking look into the human body with highly accurate, visual and accessible information. The wonders of human anatomy are explored and explained in a way that offers hours of learning, fun and entertainment.

Designed for everyone with an interest in the subject, the Human Body app is a must-have reference. With enough detail to satisfy the demanding student, the app also offers rich illustrations and features for the casual browser. This is the perfect gift for yourself or someone who loves to learn.


• Highly accurate and accessible information created by leading doctors and practitioners.
• Over 270 specially-designed full color and zoomable high resolution images.
• 12 systems of the body – integrated body, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, skin, hair & nails, lymphatic & immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive – each with zoomable illustrations, text and annotations.
• 99 story pages with illustrations, explanatory text and annotations.
• Detailed and expandable annotations for every image.
• Testing tool for learning the parts of the body.
• Four stunning videos showing key processes in the body – the beating heart, inflammatory response, conception, and nerve impulse – each with detailed captions.
• A 3D rotatable human body with selectable layers.
• Functions you can feel – grab your iPad and feel the lungs breath, the heart beat and the nerve impulses race.


The Human Body app is one of just 5 Education apps picked by Apple as their ‘best of 2011’ in the Rewind 2011 promotion.

Lovie Awards 2011 –> Best Education & Reference for Tablet and Best Mobile Innovation for Tablet
Bookseller FutureBook Awards 2011 –> Best App
Apps Magazine Awards 2011 –> Best Everyday App
Effective Mobile Marketing Awards 2011 –> Highly Commended

"A highly detailed and exquisitely presented atlas of the body from Dorling Kindersley. This one is for older children but a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in biology."
- The Daily Telegraph, 500 Best Apps

"Apps such as The Human Body show the value of iPads. It’s an exploratory experience... pick it up and explore."
-- The Telegraph

“The Human Body App is such a fine resource…there isn't any (kidney) stone this app leaves unturned."
-- The Daily

"The level of detail is hugely impressive: having sat down with the app for a few hours, we feel as if we've only scratched the surface... if you have a keen interest in the body's workings (and especially if you're studying it), this is an excellent app."
-- The Guardian

"This Human Body app will get right under your skin, allowing you to peel back the ­layers and zoom in on bones, organs and veins."
-- The Mirror


We are award-winning publishers for adults and children. We craft illustrated reference products – books, ebooks and apps – for people in over 100 countries and 60 languages. Founded in London in 1974 we are enormously proud to be the world's leading illustrated reference publisher.

Everything we make strives to be approachable, authoritative and beautifully illustrated.

The Dorling Kindersley Limited ("DK") DK Human Body app uses a third-party app service provider ("SiteCatalyst") in order to create accurate, real-time user data reports so that DK can continue to improve the app user experience. The service collects and submits anonymous aggregated data about which app features are being used most frequently as well as your mobile device UDID (unique phone Identifiers) and/or IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identities), which are also anonymised via a secure hashing protocol, to Adobe servers. This information will be used to continually improve the features and functionality that DK releases in its subsequent versions of its mobile apps.

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Customer Reviews

Great app for studying anatomy

This app is great for everyboby who wishes to review high school anatomy or learn something new. It lacks the depth of such books as Gray's or Netter's anatomy textbooks, but this may be an advantage for people who don't have medical training. Also it has lots of pretty pictures, so it can be used to support your explanations concerning certain anatomical phenomena (you'll understand what I am talking about if you ever had to explain some complicated medical stuff to a patient/relative/friend) or just to show off how smart you are when it comes to anatomy :).

Personally I hope to see more videos and explanatory text in the future! Great app, I will gladly use it in my anatomy classes and recommend it to others! Thank you!

Good App, has GUI and Information Issues

On the surface it looks like this would be a great learning tool for anyone interested in the human anatomy.
However, it falls short on many of the descriptions or is just plain incomplete, forcing you to go elsewhere (Web) for more detailed information. I expected a lot more from a package with a relatively high price to include what I would find in a high-school anatomy book, but it doesn't. Trying to navigate through the software leaves a lot to be desired. Some pages allow you to "swipe" to the next page, others don't. Some pages let you "swipe" to rotate and others don't. Its user interface doesn't flow like most iPad Apps. I hope an update/redesign is in the near future.


I wanted to love this app but I don't and here's why.
This app is It's basically a rehash of an award wining BOOK with a limited series of charts. By limited i mean, for example, going into cardio vascular besides the initial human outline there are only a few areas that can be brought up to simulate zoom in areas with additional details. Same with nervous, skin, reproductive, etc. Yes you can always by gesture expand or "zoom" a given image but it doesn't reveal additional detail.
Basically is an online version of a book.
What was I expecting? Something that would take advantage of the interactive capabilities of the iPad. Something like the elements app where you can rotate and spin objects in 3d and provides detailed content, which this app doesn't.
The real human body is a fascinating organism but sadly this app isn't.
This app should be worth $2.99 at most. Its a collection of pretty drawings. At $13 this app is a total rip-off.
Save your money and instead buy the book ( this app is a rehash of a printed book).

DK The Human Body App
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Education
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 400 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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