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Physiology at a Glance 3E

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This revised and updated edition of Physiology at a Glance features clear and concise illustrations, memorable data tables, and easy-to-read text, to provide a thorough introduction to physiology that integrates seamlessly with the medical school curriculum. Physiology at a Glance breaks the topic down into its core components, dealing with structures of the body from cellular level to composite systems. Each chapter focuses on an element of the body and explores vital concepts to aid students at all levels of their training. Physiology at a Glance: * Introduces basic biological principles in easy-to-follow spreads, followed by thoroughly revised and updated systems-based chapters * Features completely revised or brand new chapters and figures, including introductory chapters on homeostasis, blood, haemostasis and immunological defence mechanisms * Is fully supported by a companion website at featuring online access to over 200 self-assessment questions from the book, downloadable flashcards, and revision notes With its straightforward approach to explaining the functions of the body, Physiology at a Glance provides medical, dental, health science and biomedical students with a thorough understanding of an often complex subject. This title is also available as a mobile App from MedHand Mobile Libraries. Buy it now from Google Play or the MedHand Store.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7 Acknowledgements 7 List of abbreviations 8 About the companion website 11 Part 1 Introduction 1 Homeostasis and the physiology of proteins 12 2 Body water compartments and physiological fl uids 14 3 Cells, membranes and organelles 16 4 Membrane transport proteins and ion channels 18 5 Biological electricity 20 6 Conduction of action potentials 22 7 The autonomic nervous system 24 8 Blood 26 9 Platelets and haemostasis 28 10 Defence: Inflammation and immunity 30 11 Principles of diffusion and flow 32 Part 2 Muscles 12 Skeletal muscle and its contraction 34 13 Neuromuscular junction and whole muscle contraction 36 14 Motor units, recruitment and summation 38 15 Cardiac and smooth muscle 40 Part 3 The cardiovascular system 16 Introduction to the cardiovascular system 42 17 The heart 44 18 The cardiac cycle 46 19 Initiation of the heart beat and excitation?contraction coupling 48 20 Control of cardiac output and Starling?s law of the heart 50 21 Blood vessels 52 22 Control of blood pressure and blood volume 54 23 The microcirculation, fi ltration and lymphatics 56 24 Local control of blood fl ow and special circulations 58 Part 4 The respiratory system 25 Introduction to the respiratory system 60 26 Lung mechanics 62 27 Transport of gases and the gas laws 64 28 Carriage of oxygen and carbon dioxide by the blood 66 29 Control of breathing 68 30 Ventilation?perfusion matching and right to left shunts 70 Part 5 The renal system 31 Introduction to the renal system 72 32 Renal filtration 74 33 Reabsorption, secretion and the proximal tubule 76 34 The loop of Henle and distal nephron 78 35 Regulation of plasma osmolality and fl uid volume 80 36 Control of acid?base status 82 Part 6 The gut and metabolism 37 Gastrointestinal tract: overview and the mouth 84 38 Oesophagus and stomach 86 39 Small intestine 88 40 The exocrine pancreas, liver and gallbladder 90 41 Large intestine 92 Part 7 Endocrinology and reproduction 42 Endocrine control 94 43 Control of metabolic fuels 96 44 The hypothalamus and pituitary gland 98 45 Thyroid hormones and metabolic rate 100 46 Growth factors 102 47 Somatic and skeletal growth 104 48 Control of plasma calcium 106 49 The adrenal glands and stress 108 50 Endocrine control of reproduction 110 51 Sexual differentiation and function 112 52 Fertilization, pregnancy and parturition 114 53 Lactation 116 Part 8 The sensory and motor systems 54 Introduction to sensory systems 118 55 Sensory receptors 120 56 Special senses: Taste and smell 122 57 Special senses: Vision 124 58 Special senses: Hearing and balance 126 59 Motor control and the cerebellum 128 60 Proprioception and refl exes 130 Part 9 Self-assessment Self-assessment MCQs 132 Answers to self-assessment MCQs 148 Appendix I: Comparison of the properties of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle 149 Appendix II: Normal physiological values 150 Index 153

About the Author

Jeremy P.T. Ward is Head of Department of Physiology andProfessor of Respiratory Cell Physiology Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, King s CollegeLondon Roger W.A. Linden is Emeritus Professor of CraniofacialBiology, School of Biomedical Sciences King s College London

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