Physiology at a Glance / Edition 2

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Everything you need to know about a Glance!

Whether you are studying a physiology course as part of a degree in physiology or biomedical sciences, or are a medical student or junior doctor, this is the revision aid that you have been waiting for. Better than before, the second edition of Physiology at a Glance is in full colour with an MCQ self-assessment section, a new table of normal physiological values and updates in a number of key areas.

The text and diagrams work brilliantly throughout the whole book, which is helpfully set out around the body systems:

- Muscles
- Cardiovascular
- Respiratory
- Renal
- The gut and metabolism
- Endocrinology and reproduction
- The sensory and motor systems

Each section has its own introduction and covers all key components. That means from the muscle and its contraction to the control of metabolic fuels, and from renal filtration to the control of breathing, you have everything you need on physiology in one place. But don't just take our word for it...look inside and make the most of Physiology at a Glance.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David L. Osborne, PhD (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, part of the At a Glance series which covers basic concepts of a discipline in an introductory, concise manner, presents major concepts in physiology in a shorthand fashion with little detail associated with each concept. This updates the first edition of 2005.
Purpose: The authors state that this book is intended as a "concise guide and revision aid to core topics in physiology." These objectives are effectively met. The authors acknowledge the limitations of the book since it contains few details and only superficial coverage of each topic, but it is effectively written as a review or introduction to the concepts.
Audience: Intended for student use, the book is useful for undergraduate allied health, premedical, and predental students as a quick introduction or review of concepts. The major drawback for these students would be the lack of detail. All students would need other material to provide the details underlying each concept. This book also may serve as a good review for advanced students who need a refresher. The authors are accomplished educators and have produced a very effective review.
Features: This systems-based review covers 60 major topics in physiology with approximately 6 to 10 topics per system. The introductory topics relate to homeostasis, fluid distribution, membrane structure, electrical properties, and the physics of blood flow. Each topic is covered in a two-page format with the first page containing figures and the second page containing the written description.
Assessment: The book, although limited in content, is well conceived and well written. It is a good review, but should not be used for detailed study in physiology. This edition corrects some mistakes found in the first edition and is therefore a useful update.
From the Publisher
“Students studying physiology as a course or for a degree will find Physiology at a Glance, 2nd Edition to be a fine survey in full color with a new table of normal physiological values and updates in many different areas. Text and diagrams cover all key components of physiology and are key to any student’s course of study, making it an important pick for any college-level library strong in health science.” (Midwest Book Review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405177238
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: At a Glance Series , #32
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Ward is Professor of Respiratory Cell Physiology in the School of Medicine at King's College London.

Roger Linden is Professor of Craniofacial Biology and Head of the Academic Department of Physiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at King's College London.

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Table of Contents



List of abbreviations.

Part 1 Introduction.

1 Physiology and the genome.

2 Homeostasis and the physiology of proteins.

3 Body water compartments and physiological fluids.

4 Cells, membranes and organelles.

5 Membrane transport proteins and ion channels.

6 Biological electricity.

7 Conduction of action potentials.

8 The autonomic nervous system.

9 Blood.

10 Inflammation and immunity.

11 Principles of diffusion and flow.

Part 2 Muscles.

12 Skeletal muscle and its contraction.

13 Neuromuscular junction and whole muscle contraction.

14 Motor units, recruitment and summation.

15 Cardiac and smooth muscle.

Part 3 The cardiovascular system.

16 Introduction to the cardiovascular system.

17 The heart.

18 The cardiac cycle.

19 Initiation of the heart beat and excitation–contraction coupling.

20 Control of cardiac output and Starling’s law of the heart.

21 Blood vessels.

22 Control of blood pressure and blood volume.

23 The microcirculation, filtration and lymphatics.

24 Local control of blood flow and special circulations.

Part 4 The respiratory system.

25 Introduction to the respiratory system.

26 Lung mechanics.

27 Transport of gases and the gas laws.

28 Carriage of oxygen and carbon dioxide by the blood.

29 Control of breathing.

30 Ventilation–perfusion matching and right to left shunts.

Part 5 The renal system.

31 Introduction to the renal system.

32 Renal filtration.

33 Reabsorption and secretion and the proximal tubule.

34 The loop of Henle and distal nephron.

35 Regulation of plasma osmolality and fluid volume.

Part 6 The gut and metabolism.

37 Gastrointestinal tract: overview and the mouth.

38 Oesophagus and stomach.

39 Small intestine.

40 The exocrine pancreas, liver and gallbladder.

41 Large intestine.

Part 7 Endocrinology and reproduction.

42 Endocrine control.

43 Control of metabolic fuels.

44 The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.

45 Thyroid hormones and metabolic rate.

46 Growth factors.

47 Somatic and skeletal growth.

48 Control of plasma calcium.

49 The adrenal glands and stress.

50 Endocrine control of reproduction.

51 Sexual differentiation and function.

52 Fertilization, pregnancy and parturition.

53 Lactation.

Part 8 The sensory and motor systems.

54 Introduction to sensory systems.

55 Sensory receptors.

56 Special senses (taste and smell).

57 Vision.

58 Hearing and balance.

59 Motor control and the cerebellum.

60 Proprioception and reflexes.

Part 9 Self assessment.

Self-assessment MCQs.

Answers to MCQs.

Appendix I: Comparison of the properties of skeletal, cardiac and.

smooth muscle.

Appendix II: Normal physiological values.


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