Physiology by Numbers: An Encouragement to Quantitative Thinking / Edition 1

Physiology by Numbers: An Encouragement to Quantitative Thinking / Edition 1

by Richard F. Burton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521421381

ISBN-13: 9780521421386

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Students of human physiology are faced with many quantitative values such as ion concentrations, lung and fluid volumes and blood pressures. In this book, using simple calculations, the reader is given opportunities to develop a feel for such values, to give them meaning and to derive fresh insights from them. These calculations are neither brain-teasers nor mere…  See more details below

Overview

Students of human physiology are faced with many quantitative values such as ion concentrations, lung and fluid volumes and blood pressures. In this book, using simple calculations, the reader is given opportunities to develop a feel for such values, to give them meaning and to derive fresh insights from them. These calculations are neither brain-teasers nor mere practical exercises, and require little more than easy arithmetic for their solution. Guidance is also given on the tricks of approximation and back-of-envelope arithmetic, and on coping with the varied systems of units that encumber physiology. The main areas covered are energy metabolism, nerve and muscle, blood and the cardiovascular system, respiration, renal function, body fluids and acid-base balance. The book is intended as supplementary reading for students of physiology at any level, including graduates seeking a new slant on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521421386
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition: how to use this book; 1. Introduction to physiological calculation: approximation and units; 2. Quantifying the body: interrelationships amongst 'representative' or 'textbook' quantities; 3. Energy and metabolism; 4. The cardiovascular system; 5. Respiration; 6. Renal function; 7. Body fluids; 8. Acid-base balance; 9. Nerve and muscle; References; Notes and answers; Index.

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