The human body is a complicated and beautiful machine, governed by the laws of physics and chemistry. By understanding its physiology - how it performs its varied functions - it is possible to build strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. In this extensively-revised edition, a new structure, additional learning features, and an expanded use of artwork, make Human Physiology even more student-friendly than its predecessors. Human Physiology provides clear explanations of the principles that govern the body's physiological processes and shows how these can be applied. This is the ideal course companion for any student needing a solid foundation in the subject for a future career in human biology, biomedical science, or medicine.
Gillian Pocock read Physiology at the University of Oxford before moving to Kings' College London to study for her PhD under the supervision of P.F. Baker. She held a post-doctoral position at Kings' College before taking up an appointment in the Department of Physiology, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. She is now Senior Lecturer in Clinical Science in The Department of Health, Wellbeing and Family, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Her research interests have focussed on the role of calcium in secretion and pH regulation in neurons. Christopher Richards read Biological Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD in the Department of Zoology, University of Bristol, under the supervision of P.C. Caldwell before taking up a position at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He subsequently moved to the National Institute for Medical Research where he was a member of the scientific staff. He later held posts in the Departments of Physiology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and University College London where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physiology. He has published over 100 scientific articles, chiefly on the physiology and pharmacology of nerve cells. David Richards studied biochemistry at the University of Bristol before beginning his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research and University College, London under the supervision of T.V.P. Bliss. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado Medical Center, the University of Zurich Brain Research Institute, and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He has held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati Medical School, and is currently Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His research focuses on the cell biology that supports synaptic transmission.
SECTION 1 BASIC CONCEPTS IN PHYSIOLOGY ; SECTION 2 THE ORGANIZATION AND BASIC FUNCTIONS OF CELLS ; SECTION 3 THE EXCITABLE TISSUES - NERVE AND MUSCLE ; SECTION 4 THE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND SPECIAL SENSES ; SECTION 5 THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM ; SECTION 6 BLOOD AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ; SECTION 7 THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM ; SECTION 8 THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM ; SECTION 9 THE URINARY SYSTEM AND THE REGULATION OF THE INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT ; SECTION 10 THE GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM ; SECTION 11 REPRODUCTION AND GROWTH ; SECTION 12 APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY