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Physiology for Nursing Practice

The third edition of this highly respected text has been designed to meet the physiological component throughout degree and diploma courses for nurses. Written and edited by respected nurse educators, it has been fully updated with extensive references to nursing literature throughout. In keeping with the first edition's focus on homeostasis, the new edition includes increased emphasis on disturbances to equilibrium and on aspects of growth, development and ageing. The clinical dimension has been retained and both clinical implications and nursing aspects have been increased and enhanced. The new text design and extensive use of full colour illustrations throughout will ensure that nursing students and their teachers will find that this is the only physiology text they need.


Published: April 2005

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3340-7


  • Section 1 The characteristics of living matter

    The human body: a framework for understanding. The chemistry of living matter. Cell structure and function, growth and development

    Section 2 Control and coordination

    Structure and function of nervous tissue. The central nervous system, Sensory receptors and sense organs. The special senses. The autonomic nervous system. Endocrine function. Stress

    Section 3 Mobility and support

    Skeletal muscles. Bones. Joints

    Section 4 Internal transport

    The blood. Cardiovascular function

    Section 5 The acquisition of nutrients and removal of waste

    The acquisition of nutrients. The liver. Respiration. Renal function

    Section 6 Protection and survival

    Innate defences. Acquired defences. Reproduction. Genetics


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