Know Your Body

“Mary Dalgleish has created an eminently accessible and informative book. Whilst containing detailed information regarding human anatomy and physiology appropriate for the medical level, it remains a delightful and pleasing read. A deep and expansive addition to any library; it is an edition no serious student of human health should be without!”

Michael S. Fenster, MD FACC, FSCA&I, PEMBA

About the books

‘‘KNOW YOUR BODY – The Essential Guide to Human Anatomy and Physiology’ is essential reading for anyone interested in the human body and how it works. Whether you’re a student, an aspiring medical, healthcare or fitness professional, or just someone who’s curious about the human body and how it works, this book offers you an accessible and enjoyable way to understand the basics of anatomy and physiology. Written in a clear, user-friendly style, it provides all the information necessary to meet and exceed the anatomy and physiology curriculum requirements of several international awarding bodies. The text has been checked and endorsed by medical professionals, and the content addresses all the topics (and more!) listed on the anatomy and physiology syllabi of most major UK exam boards. The accompanying workbook is an excellent study resource for students. The author has been teaching anatomy and physiology to complementary therapy students for over 20 years. ‘KNOW YOUR BODY’ was submitted to the Page Turner Awards 2020 just before it was published, and Mary was among the writing award finalists for completed unpublished books. The book was also a finalist in the 2022 Page Turner ‘Book Award’ category for published books.  


Complete with over 100 detailed anatomical illustrations, this essential guide provides:

  • Clear descriptions of anatomical terminology
  • An understanding of the structure and function of each body system
  • An understanding of the interrelationships between body systems
  • The lowdown on topics such as genetics, telomeres, novel viral infections, metabolic syndrome, psychoneuroimmunology, fascia and more
  • Up to date information about key pathologies affecting the body
  • Valuable tips for maintaining a healthy body
  • An insight into how and why the body ages
  • References and resources for further study
  • Foreword by Gabriel Mojay
  • ISBN (Print): 978-1-8380641-1-2
  • ISBN (E-book): 978-1-8380641-2-9

About KNOW YOUR BODY – Workbook

This comprehensive workbook covers all the body systems and is the perfect study and revision aid for anyone studying human anatomy, physiology and pathology. It can be used in class or as a separate self-study resource, and contains:

  • Topic based multiple choice tests 
  • ‘Mock exam’ papers containing 50 mixed multiple choice questions
  • Word searches
  • Gap-filling exercises
  • Crosswords
  • Answers to all tests and exercises
  • Study tips for students
  • Useful websites for students
  • ISBN (Print only): 978-1-8380641-0-5

About the author

Mary Dalgleish

Following a career in education, Mary Dalgleish qualified as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in London in 1999 and later worked there as an anatomy and physiology lecturer. Mary’s aromatherapy studies sparked an interest in natural health and since then, she has completed a variety of complementary therapy training courses including reflexology and various forms of face and body massage.

Mary has worked as a lecturer in the complementary therapy departments of several London adult education colleges including Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Morley Colleges. She has also lectured at several private colleges, including Maureen Burgess AOR Accredited School of Reflexology, Westminster School of Yoga, the School of Natural Therapies, and more recently at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA) based at Regent’s University in London. 

Over the years, Mary has taught a range of continuing professional development massage courses for qualified therapists and ran a busy private therapy practice in southwest London from 1999 to 2020, which you can read more about here

Mary was awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for teaching anatomy & physiology at Merton Adult College in May 2005 and again in May 2008 (nominated by her students). She was also awarded a ‘Commended Tutor of the Year’ Certificate at the Federation of Holistic Therapists Excellence in Education Awards in 2012. 

Mary has co-authored two books to date: ‘Indian Head Massage – the Essential Guide’ & ‘Ear Candling – the Essential Guide’ (both originally published by Hodder Arnold as part of the ‘In Essence’ series). She is a Senior Fellow and former Vice-President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (2014-2022) and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Mary represented the FHT as a judge at the National Massage Championship in London in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Mary has now retired from clinical practice and relocated to the Cotswolds, but remains passionate about health and wellbeing. These days she enjoys volunteering with various local charities, travel, walking in nature, yoga, aqua aerobics and reading health related books.

You can read Mary’s top ten writing tips HERE and find her on various social media sites via the links below.