An Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology 5E / Edition 5

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A good understanding of cardiovascular physiology is fundamental to understanding cardiovascular disease, exercise performances and many other aspects of human physiology. The substantially revised, updated fifth edition of this well-respected textbook offers all the information needed by students and medical examination candidates in a clear, logical and well-illustrated manner, with many useful line diagrams and tables that support the text and provide proof of concepts. The book provides a comprehensive by accessible account of this complex subject, from the fundamentals of how the cardiovascular system works in both health and disease, through to more difficult mechanisms and pathways. The Learning Objectives, Overview, and Summary Sections are helpful for checking understanding. The fifth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and brought fully up to date, while retaining the successful approach and features of the fourth edition of this popular textbook.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Richard L. Clancy
This second edition of this book differs from the first edition in that it has summaries and learning objectives for each chapter and contains more illustrations. The first edition was published in 1991. It is designed primarily as an introductory textbook of cardiovascular physiology for students in medicine and physiology. Although the author's objective is worthy, there are several other cardiovascular physiology books directed to the same audience. The book is somewhat unique in that not only does it very adequately meet the needs for beginning medical and graduate students, but it also can serve as a reference book for residents and practitioners. Not only is the author a credible authority, but by consulting with other reputable cardiovascular physiologists, he has achieved uniformity in the extent of detail. The author has succeeded in balancing figures from original publications with cartoon-type figures. Although some students may find figures from original publications difficult to understand, the accompanying text will resolve their concerns. The inclusion of a limited number of references to classical book and original research publications and current review articles contributes to the uniqueness of this book. This book is superior to any of the existing cardiovascular physiology textbooks for the following reasons. The author (1) explains mechanisms thoroughly but with brevity; (2) uses observations from human studies extensively; (3) incorporates recent research findings; (4) provides appropriate amount of text for each of the major cardiovascular topics; and (5) provides the student with a study guide through chapter summaries and objectives. Consequently, I recommendthis book to medical and graduate students as a textbook and to libraries as a resource for physicians and faculty.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Ramon R. Gonzalez, PhD(Loma Linda University)
Description: This is a concise and fairly complete treatment of the cardiovascular system. Each chapter starts with an overview of the material and a list of active objectives. There is a liberal use of "Concept Boxes" which draw the student's attention to key points. The chapters end with a summary and a list of further reading. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the concepts of cardiovascular physiology in a logical and orderly fashion, as well as to be as brief as possible. While there are many books available dealing with the subject, very few are complete enough or accurate to be of any use. The author has succeeded in his purpose; he is brief without being dogmatic, a difficult thing to do.
Audience: The author intends his audience to be undergraduate students in physiology and medicine, and those preparing themselves for licensing examinations. His coverage of the subject is more than adequate for this purpose. The accuracy of the discussion of the subject points to the credibility of the author.
Features: The book consists of 18 chapters dealing with all basic science aspects of the cardiovascular system. The final three chapters discuss the coordination of the cardiovascular system in health and disease. The use of "Concept Boxes" sprinkled throughout the text is helpful and this edition uses color and larger figures. There is a section on clinical cases to be used for problem based learning as well as two useful appendixes containing cardiovascular and biophysical parameters as well as physiological mechanisms. There is no discussion of pertinent genomics; it would have been helpful to have some material on the genetics of heart development or vascular adjustments to stress.
Assessment: This book is useful not only for students, but also for instructors. The topics are covered completely enough that a person with a passing knowledge of the subject could easily get up to speed. It is far more complete than the paperbacks of Berne and Levy (Cardiovascular Physiology, 8th edition (Mosby, 2001)), or Mohrman and Heller (Cardiovascular Physiology, 5th edition (McGraw Hill, 2003)). While the third edition of this book was good, the author succeeds in improving this edition by using color, moving learning objectives to the start of the chapter, and including discussion of current topics such as arterial pressure wave reflection and tissue kinases in contraction. This book continues to be a quality publication with clear illustrations and text.
Covers the main principles and laws which govern the operation of the cardiovascular system. New to this edition (first, 1991) are reorganized chapters incorporating current research and practical chapter-end summaries. Intended for the first-year student of medicine or physiology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340942048
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 710,626
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J Rodney Levick DSc DPhil MA MRCP BM BCh(Oxon)
Professor of Physiology
St George's Hospital Medical School
University of London, UK

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Table of Contents

A note on active and problem-based learning

1 Overview of the cardiovascular system 1

2 The cardiac cycle 16

3 The cardiac myocyte: excitation and contraction 28

4 Initiation and nervous control of heartbeat 51

5 Electrocardiography and arrhythmias 67

6 Control of stroke volume and cardiac output 80

7 Assessment of cardiac output and peripheral pulse 108

8 Haemodynamics: flow, pressure and resistance 116

9 The endothelial cell 147

10 The microcirculation and solute exchange 166

11 Circulation of fluid between plasma, interstitium and lymph 188

12 Vascular smooth muscle: excitation, contraction and relaxation 220

13 Control of blood vessels: I. Intrinsic control 240

14 Control of blood vessels: II. Extrinsic control by nerves and hormones 258

15 Specialization in individual circulations 279

16 Cardiovascular receptors, reflexes and central control 308

17 Co-ordinated cardiovascular responses 330

18 Cardiovascular responses in pathological situations 348

Clinical cases for problem-based learning 372

Appendix 1 Human Cardiovascular parameters 381

Appendix 2 Biophysical parameters and physiological mechanisms 384

Index 391

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