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Overview

This text is a concise and clinical presentation of physiological processes that gives students the essentials in an understandable format. New to the Second Edition: USMLE-style questions; a case study with questions in each chapter; new topics such as adaptive physiology (weightlessness, high altitude, exercise) and clinical topics (pain, congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal disorders); completely rewritten gastrointestinal section; expanded kidney transport information; and clinical focus boxes added to each chapter.

This text is a concise and clinical presentation of physiological processes that gives students the essentials in an understandable format. New to the Second Edition: USMLE-style questions; a case study with questions in each chapter; new topics such as adaptive physiology (weightlessness, high altitude, exercise) and clinical topics (pain, congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal disorders); completely rewritten gastrointestinal section; expanded kidney transport information; and clinical focus boxes added to each chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Robert W. Teel, PhD (Loma Linda University)
Description: This softcover physiology book is updated and revised from the original printing in 1995 — a revision long in coming. There are 18 contributors, most from the same institution. The organization is student friendly with a brief outline and key concepts at the beginning of each chapter. Illustrations are simple and uncluttered. The review questions with explanations are very helpful for student learning and comprehension. The clinical case presentations at the ends of sections are very valuable in bringing clinical relevance to an understanding of physiological concepts. The clinical focus boxes throughout the text also contribute to this. The references are adequate in most cases and the appendix with definitions of abbreviations and the clinical lab values inside the front and back covers are valuable aids.
Purpose: The authors present a book that is neither simple nor too detailed. It is intended that the book provide clear, accurate, and up-to-date material in human physiology. It is designed to avoid presenting information that would not be appropriate for those students who have little interest in the details of research data to underscore a concept. Areas that are subject to controversy have been omitted. The book is concise but complete and has the relevant presentation of systems physiology to provide for appropriate understanding in preparation for diagnosis and treatment of disease. The objectives of the authors of the book are met well.
Audience: Primarily, the book is written for medical students, but it is also useful for students in other healthcare areas. It lacks the overall depth that a serious graduate student in physiology might need. The book could also be used by practicing physicians as well as residents, although again in critical areas it may not be adequate to give explanations that might be demanded. The authors are credible, experienced in teaching medical students and have contributed in areas of their expertise.
Features: The book begins with basic concepts in homeostasis and cell membrane physiology and then proceeds to cover the major physiological systems of the human body. The organization of the chapters is such that students should find reading comfortable. The clinical focus boxes bring clinical relevance to the material being presented. The test questions with answers and particularly the clinical cases with explanations of questions are distinct plus features of the textbook. The illustrations are adequate and easy to understand, although they lack the flair that other textbooks out there now have but that flair adds to the cost of the book. I was somewhat surprised that this book cost as much as some other quality hardcover books.
Assessment: Eight years is a long time between editions. There are numerous other books out there written at this level and some are more detailed and academic in content but most use a limited amount of color print, probably to reduce publication costs. This book lacks the authoritativeness of Berne and Levy's Physiology, 5th edition (Elsevier Science, 2004), but its organization and the expansiveness of test questions and clinical cases make it a useful addition to the field. However, the best written and styled textbook in the field, in my mind, is the Boron and Boulpaep, Medical Physiology (Elsevier Science, 2003).

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781719360
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Medical Physiology (Rhoades) Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 781
  • Product dimensions: 1.55 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Pt. I Cellular Physiology 1
Ch. 1 Homeostasis and Cellular Signaling 1
Ch. 2 The Plasma Membrane, Membrane Transport, and the Resting Membrane Potential 19
Ch. 3 The Action Potential, Synaptic Transmission, and Maintenance of Nerve Function 37
Pt. II Neurophysiology 63
Ch. 4 Sensory Physiology 63
Ch. 5 The Motor System 90
Ch. 6 The Autonomic Nervous System 108
Ch. 7 Integrative Functions of the Nervous System 119
Pt. III Muscle Physiology 137
Ch. 8 Contractile Properties of Muscle Cells 137
Ch. 9 Skeletal Muscle and Smooth Muscle 152
Ch. 10 Cardiac Muscle 177
Pt. IV Blood and Cardiovascular Physiology 191
Ch. 11 Blood Components, Immunity, and Hemostasis 191
Ch. 12 An Overview of the Circulation and Hemodynamics 210
Ch. 13 The Electrical Activity of the Heart 219
Ch. 14 The Cardiac Pump 237
Ch. 15 The Systemic Circulation 252
Ch. 16 The Microcirculation and the Lymphatic System 262
Ch. 17 Special Circulations 276
Ch. 18 Control Mechanisms in Circulatory Function 290
Pt. V Respiratory Physiology 309
Ch. 19 Ventilation and the Mechanics of Breathing 309
Ch. 20 Pulmonary Circulation and the Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio 337
Ch. 21 Gas Transfer and Transport 350
Ch. 22 The Control of Ventilation 363
Pt. VI Renal Physiology and Body Fluids 377
Ch. 23 Kidney Function 377
Ch. 24 The Regulation of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 403
Ch. 25 Acid-Base Balance 426
Pt. VII Gastrointestinal Physiology 449
Ch. 26 Neurogastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Motility 449
Ch. 27 Gastrointestinal Secretion, Digestion, and Absorption 481
Ch. 28 The Physiology of the Liver 514
Pt. VIII Temperature Regulation and Exercise Physiology 527
Ch. 29 The Regulation of Body Temperature 527
Ch. 30 Exercise Physiology 551
Pt. IX Endocrine Physiology 567
Ch. 31 Endocrine Control Mechanisms 567
Ch. 32 The Hypothalamus and the Pituitary Gland 581
Ch. 33 The Thyroid Gland 596
Ch. 34 The Adrenal Gland 607
Ch. 35 The Endocrine Pancreas 623
Ch. 36 Endocrine Regulation of Calcium, Phosphate, and Bone Homeostasis 634
Pt. X Reproductive Physiology 649
Ch. 37 The Male Reproductive System 649
Ch. 38 The Female Reproductive System 667
Ch. 39 Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Fetal Development 684
App. A Answers to Review Questions 707
App. B Common Abbreviations in Physiology 737
Index 741
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