Animal Physiology, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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Animal Physiology presents all the branches of modern animal physiology with a strong emphasis on integration of physiological knowledge, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Integration extends from molecules to organ systems and from one physiological discipline to another. The book takes an entirely fresh approach to each topic. Its full-color illustrations include many novel, visually effective features to help students learn. Each of the 25 main chapters starts with a brief animal example to engage student interest and demonstrate the value of the material that will be learned. The book includes five additional, briefer “At Work“ chapters that apply students' newfound physiological knowledge to curiosity-provoking and important topics, including diving by marine mammals, the mechanisms of navigation, and muscle plasticity in use and disuse.

The book is committed to a comparative approach throughout. Whereas mammalian physiology is consistently treated in depth, emphasis is also given to the other vertebrate groups, arthropods, molluscs, and--as appropriate--additional invertebrates. Concepts and integrative themes are emphasized while giving students the specifics they need.

The whole animal is the principal focus of this book. The pages are filled with information on everything from knockout mice, genomics, and enzyme chemistry to traditional organ physiology, phylogenetic analysis, and applications to human affairs. Always, the central organizing principle for the array of topics presented is to understand whole animals in the environments where they live. Concepts from chemistry, physics, and mathematics are explained so that the book will be accessible to science students at the sophomore or higher level. Complex principles are developed clearly and carefully, to help students understand important concepts in sufficient depth without being overwhelmed. Pedagogical aids include embedded summaries throughout chapters, study questions, partially annotated reference lists, an extensive glossary, appendices, and an upgraded index. For all three authors, teaching physiology to undergraduate students has been a lifelong priority.

The opening five chapters provide background material on physiological basics, cell-molecular concepts, genomics, physiological development, transport of solutes and water, ecology, and evolutionary biology. The remaining chapters are organized into five sections:

  • Food, Energy, and Temperature
  • Integrating Systems
  • Movement and Muscle
  • Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and Internal Transport
  • Water, Salts, and Excretion
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Adam W Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Anyone entering the field of veterinary medicine is required to have an understanding of animal physiology. This is an update of a well-written book on this subject last published in 2008.
Purpose: The main purpose is to help students gain an understanding of contemporary animal physiology and to draw attention to the cutting edge of physiological science. The knowledge shared in this book is of major value to students pursuing careers in biological sciences as veterinarians, professors, or researchers.
Audience: The book is intended for those involved in a field that relates to animal physiology, including veterinarians, researchers, professors, and university students both at undergraduate and graduate levels of study. The authors of this book are all from the academic setting and are established in their respective fields.
Features: Among the topics this book covers are aerobic and anaerobic forms of metabolism, the physiology of breathing, water and salt physiology, and poikilothermy. Of particular interest are the "at work" sections which apply the information discussed directly to how animals function. For example in the part of the book devoted to water, salts, and excretion the "at work" section discusses these topics in mammals living in deserts and dry savannas. This is particularly useful as it presents how all the different physiological mechanisms of the animal body work together to allow the animal to function and survive. There are also many tables, charts, and photographs which are of good quality and easy to comprehend.
Assessment: There are a number of books on animal physiology, but this one is written in a way that is easy to read and comprehend, while at the same time providing appropriate detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878935598
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 108,504

Table of Contents

Pt. I Fundamentals of physiology 1
1 Animals and environments : function on the ecological stage 3
2 Molecules and cells in animal physiology 29
3 Transport of solutes and water 65
Pt. II Food, energy, and temperature 91
4 Nutrition, feeding, and digestion 93
5 Energy metabolism 125
6 Aerobic and anaerobic forms of metabolism 149
7 The energetics of aerobic activity 175
8 Thermal relations 191
9 Food, energy, and temperature at work : the lives of mammals in frigid places 241
Pt. III Integrating systems 257
10 Neural and endocrine control, nervous systems, and biological clocks 259
11 Neurons 281
12 Synapses 313
13 Sensory processes 347
14 Endocrine and neuroendocrine physiology 389
15 Reproduction 423
16 Integrating systems at work : animal navigation 447
Pt. IV Muscle and movement 463
17 Muscle 465
18 Control of movement : the motor bases of animal behavior 489
19 Muscle and movement at work : muscle in human health and disease 511
Pt. V Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and internal transport 525
20 Introduction to oxygen and carbon dioxide physiology 527
21 External respiration : the physiology of breathing 541
22 Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in body fluids (with an introduction to acid-base physiology) 577
23 Circulation 609
24 Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and internal transport at work : diving by marine mammals 643
Pt. VI Water, salts, and excretion 663
25 Water and salt physiology : introduction and mechanisms 665
26 Water and salt physiology of animals in their environments 685
27 Kidneys and excretion (with notes on nitrogen excretion) 721
28 Water, salts, and excretion at work : mammals of deserts and dry savannas 757
App Prefixes indicating orders of magnitude
App Gases at standard temperature and pressure
App Fitting lines to data
App Logarithms
App Exponential and allometric equations
App Mitosis and meiosis
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