Physiology at a Glance / Edition 2

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"Physiology at a Glance provides an accessible and concise introduction to physiology. It covers the core knowledge required by all students on any biomedical or medical programme that contains a physiology component, including medicine and nursing." The book follows the easy-to-use At a Glance format of double-page spreads composed of clear, memorable diagrams that support accompanying key facts and essential information.
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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 P.T. Ward is Head of Department of Physiology and Professor of Respiratory Cell Physiology
Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, King’s College London

Roger W.A. Linden is Emeritus Professor of Craniofacial Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences
King’s College London

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Table of Contents

1 Physiology and the genome 10
2 Homeostasis and the physiology of proteins 12
3 Body water compartments and physiological fluids 14
4 Cells, membranes and organelles 16
5 Membrane transport proteins and ion channels 18
6 Biological electricity 20
7 Conduction of action potentials 22
8 The autonomic nervous system 24
9 Blood 26
10 Inflammation and immunity 28
11 Principles of diffusion and flow 30
12 Introduction to the cardiovascular system 32
13 The heart 34
14 The cardiac cycle 36
15 Initiation of the heart beat and excitation-contraction coupling 38
16 Control of cardiac output and Starling's law of the heart 40
17 Blood vessels 42
18 Control of blood pressure and blood volume 44
19 The microcirculation, filtration and lymphatics 46
20 Local control of blood flow and special circulations 48
21 Introduction to the respiratory system 50
22 Lung mechanics 52
23 Transport of gases and the gas laws 54
24 Carriage of oxygen and carbon dioxide by the blood 56
25 Control of breathing 58
26 Ventilation-perfusion matching and right to left shunts 60
27 Introduction to the renal system 62
28 Renal filtration 64
29 Reabsorption and secretion and the proximal tubule 66
30 The loop of Henle and distal nephron 68
31 Regulation of plasma osmolality and fluid volume 70
32 Control of acid-base status 72
33 Gastrointestinal tract : overview and the mouth 74
34 Oesophagus and stomach 76
35 Small intestine 78
36 The exocrine pancreas, liver and gallbladder 80
37 Large intestine 82
38 Endocrine control 84
39 Control of metabolic fuels 86
40 The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland 88
41 Thyroid hormones and metabolic rate 90
42 Growth factors 92
43 Somatic and skeletal growth 94
44 Control of plasma calcium 96
45 The adrenal glands and stress 98
46 Endocrine control of reproduction 100
47 Sexual differentiation and function 102
48 Fertilization, pregnancy and parturition 104
49 Lactation 106
50 Skeletal muscle and its contraction 108
51 Neuromuscular junction and whole muscle contraction 110
52 Motor units, recruitment and summation 112
53 Cardiac and smooth muscle 114
54 Introduction to sensory systems 116
55 Sensory receptors 118
56 Special senses (taste and smell) 120
57 Vision 122
58 Hearing and balance 124
59 Motor control and the cerebellum 126
60 Proprioception and reflexes 128
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