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Written through a collaboration of expert faculty and medical students from Harvard Medical School, this innovative text delivers a straightforward and clear overview of the major principles, agents, and processes governing human physiology. Emphasis is on understanding the higher-order processes in each organ system. Concepts in Medical Physiology avoids long lists of unprioritized information and undefined jargon by presenting fresh concept diagrams and figures alongside clear explanations of quantitative concepts. It can function equally well as a primary resource or as a review. Eight major sections, comprising a total of 36 chapters, cover general principles, muscle and bone, blood and the immune system, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, renal physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, and endocrine physiology.

Many useful features simplify mastery of difficult concepts:

  • Case studies for each major section present detailed cases with signs and symptoms, history, and laboratory data. Questions at the conclusion of each case reinforce important clinical concepts.
  • Reviews of cell biology, basic science, and biochemistry refresh students on the foundations of physiological knowledge.
  • Clinical Application boxes draw the connection between physiology to practical issues students face and help with preparation for the USMLE.
  • Pathophysiology sections are featured in every chapter.
  • Review questions with answers in each chapter aid in preparation for the examination.
  • Integrative Physiology inserts highlight how specific systems, organs, and tissues work together.
  • More than 350 illustrations aid with visual learning, including original schematic diagrams, photos, and tables.
  • Concept-focused summaries conclude each chapter for more effective learning and review.
  • Suggested readings in every chapter provide a valuable resource for further investigation in physiological and clinical ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781744898
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I General principles 1
1 Homeostasis 3
2 Membrane transport 13
3 Cell-to-cell communication 23
4 Signal transduction 35
5 An overview of nerve cell physiology and the autonomic nervous system 49
Pt. II Musculoskeletal physiology 71
6 The neuromuscular junction and skeletal muscle 73
7 Smooth muscle 93
8 Bone physiology 113
Pt. III Blood and lymph 125
9 Blood 127
10 Endothelial function and hemostasis 141
11 The lymphatic system and the immune system 157
Pt. IV Cardiovascular physiology 183
12 The vasculature 185
13 The heart as a pump 199
14 The electrical activity of the heart 213
15 Exercise physiology 227
Pt. V Pulmonary physiology 233
16 The mechanics of breathing 235
17 Gas exchange in the lungs 257
18 Gas transport 275
19 The regulation of breathing 287
Pt. VI Renal physiology 299
20 Renal functions, renal circulation, and glomerular filtration 301
21 Tubular transport 321
22 The regulation of blood pressure and extracellular fluid volume 339
23 Osmoregulation 359
24 The regulation of potassium balance 379
25 Acid-base homeostasis 391
26 Micturition 413
Pt. VII Gastrointestinal physiology 423
27 Nutrition, digestion, and absorption 425
28 Control of gastrointestinal motility and secretion 453
29 Hepatic physiology 471
30 The gastrointestinal immune system 481
Pt. VIII Endocrine physiology 495
31 The endocrine pancreas : fed and fasted metabolic states 497
32 The pituitary gland 511
33 The thyroid gland 525
34 The adrenal gland 539
35 Hormonal regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism 555
36 The female reproductive system 573
37 The male reproductive system 605
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