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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert W. Teel, PhD (Loma Linda University)
Description: This fairly in-depth treatment of medical physiology includes coverage of organ systems, defined abbreviations, study questions, and laboratory values for blood constituents in the useful appendix.
Purpose: This book is written for medical students and others as a core text or as a supplement to other reading. Some knowledge of anatomy is required.
Audience: This book is targeted primarily for medical students, although it could also be used by other healthcare professions students.
Features: This new edition has been expanded and includes updated information in areas of rapidly expanding knowledge including several areas of clinical application. The figures have been improved by the use of more color. Laboratory values, a section on statistics, an appendix of symbols and defined abbreviations, and study questions are all included, in addition to the coverage of organ systems physiology and relevant cell physiology.
Assessment: Although a frequently updated text is desirable, this small print, soft-cover book with limited use of color is diminished in its appeal. I understand that this is probably done to control publication costs. While the information is written with sufficient detail and clarity, it isn't easy to read because of the small print size and density of material. Perhaps a darker print in contrast to the background would be helpful. Most of the study questions are not in the current USMLE format, which stresses the use of clinical scenarios. It would also be helpful if answers to the discussion study questions could be included, although this would increase the cost of the book. This book lacks the appeal of Berne's soft cover text Principles of Physiology, 2nd Editon (Mosby. 1996), although this text is certainly a more scholarly publication.