I am currently reading the 12th edition of "Anatomy and Physiology" by Tortora and Derrickson. Excellent so far.
My reason for reading this book is to see and understand the human being as an organism; an organism with complex construction and systems that automatically function and maintain themselves dependent on the presence of a variety of conditions. And also to see that when those conditions are no longer present in to the degree necessary, the organism begins to break down and stop functioning all together. Despite being only 40 pages in, the book is already helping to further reduced the possibility of being able to rationally accept the body and its processes as "mine" or "self". I will gladly give an update with greater detail when I finish the book.
EDIT - spelling
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Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house - pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not build a house again, all your beams have given away, rafters of the ridge decayed, mind to the unconditioned gone, exhaustion of craving has it reached.(Dhp - 153, 154)