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Pocket Companion to Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology

John E. Hall’s Pocket Companion to Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th Edition offers at-a-glance reference to the most important facts and concepts from one of the world’s favorite medical physiology texts, all in a portable, quick-access format. It assembles all of the physiologic data and principles needed for the study of medicine, presents them in a concise, no-nonsense manner, and fits them into your pocket - for convenient access anytime!


First and second year medical students, graduate students in the medical sciences, Osteopaths

Paperback, 736 Pages

Published: March 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-5451-1


  • I. Introduction to physiology: the cell and general physiology

    1. Functional organization of the human body and control of the 'internal environment

    2. The cell and its functions

    3. Genetic control of protein synthesis, cell function, and cell reproduction

    II. Membrane physiology, nerve, and muscle

    4. The DNA code in the cell nucleus is transferred to an RNA code in the cell cytoplasm -- the process of transcription

    5. Membrane potentials and action potentials

    6. Contraction of skeletal muscle

    7. Excitation of skeletal muscle: neuromuscular transmission and excitation-contraction coupling

    8. Contraction and excitation of smooth muscle

    III The heart

    9. Cardiac muscle: the heart as a pump and function of the heart muscles

    10. Rhythmical excitatory and conductive system of the heart

    11. The normal electrocardiogram

    12. Electrocardiographic interpretation of cardica muscle and coronary blood flow abnormalities: vectrial analysis

    13.Cardiac arrhythmias and their electrocardiographic interpretation

    IV. The circulation

    14. Overview of the circulation; medical biophysics of pressure, flow, and resistance

    15. Vascular distensibility and functions of the arterial and venous systems

    16. The microcirculation and lymphatic system: capillary fluid exchange, interstitial fluid, and lymph flow

    17. Local and humoral control of tissue flow by the tissues

    18. Nervous regulation of the circulation, and rapid control of arterial pressure

    19. Role of the kidneys in long-term control of arterial pressure and in hypertension: the integrated system for aterial pressure regulation

    20. Cardiac output, venous return, and their regulation

    21. Muscle blood flow and cardiac output during exercise; the coronary circulation and ischemic heart disease

    22. Cardiac failure

    23. Heart valves and heart sounds; dynamics of valvular and congenital heart defects

    24. Circulatory shock and physiology of its treatment

    V. The body fluids and kidneys

    25. The body fluids compartments: extracellular and intracellular fluids; intersitial fluid and edema

    26. Urine formation by the kidneys: I. Glomerular filtration, renal blood flow, and their control

    27. Urine formation by the kidneys: II. Tubular reabsorption and secretion

    28. Urine concentration and dilution; regulation of extracellular fluid osmolarity and sodium concentration

    29. Renal regulation of potassium, calcium, phosphate, and magnesium; integration of renal mechanisms for control of blood volume and extracellular fluid volume

    30. Acid-base regulation

    31. Diuretics and kidney diseases

    VI. Blood cells, immunity, and blood coagulation

    32. Red blood cells, anemia, and polycythemia

    33. Resistance of the body to infection: I. Leukocytes, granulocytes, the monocyte-macrophage system, and inflammation

    34. Resistance of the body to infection: II. Immunity and allergy

    35. Blood types; transfusion; tissue and organ transplanation

    36. Hemostasis and blood coagulation

    VII. Respiration

    37. Pulmonary ventilation

    38. Pulmonary circulation, pulmonary edema, pleural fluid

    39. Physical principles of gas exchange; diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide through the respiratory membrane

    40. Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in blood and tissue fluids

    41. Regulation of respiration

    42. Respiratory insufficiency - pathophysiology, diagnosis, oxygen therapy

    VIII. Aviation, space, and deep-sea diving physiology

    43. Aviation, high-altitude, and space physiology

    44. Physiology of deep-sea diving and other hyperbaric conditions

    IV. The nervous system: A. General principles and sensory physiology

    45. Organization of the nervous system, basic functions of synapses, "Transmitter sybstances"

    46. Sensory receptors, neuronal circuits for processing information

    47. Somatic sensations: I. General organization, the tactile and position senses

    48. Somatic sensations: II. Pain, headache, and thermal sensations

    X. The nervous system: B. The special senses

    49. The eye: I. Optics of vision

    50. The eye: II. Receptor and neural function of the retina

    51. The eye: III. Central neurophysiology of vision

    52. The sense of hearing

    53. The chemical senses - taste and smell

    XI. The nervous system: C. Motor and integrative neurophysiology

    54. Motor functions of the spinal cord; the cord reflexes

    55. Cortical and brain stem control of motor function

    56. Contributions of the cerebellum and basal ganglia to overall motor control

    57. Cerebral cortex, intellectual functions of the brain, learning and memory

    58. Behavioral and motivational mechanisms of the brain - the limbic system and the hypothalamus

    59. States of brain activity - sleep, brain waves, epilepsy, psychoses

    60. The autonomic nervous system and the adrenal medulla

    61. Cerebral blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid, and brain metabolism

    XII. Gastrointestinal physiology

    62. General principles of gastrointestinal function - motility, nervous control, and blood circulation

    63. Propulsion and mixing of food in the alimentary canal

    64. Secretory functions of the alimentary tract

    65. Digestion and absoprtion in the gastroinestinal tract

    66. Physiology of gastrointestinal disorders

    XIII. Metabolism and temperature regulation

    67. Metabolism of carbohydrates

    68. Lipid metabolism

    69. Protein metabolism

    70. The liver

    71. Dietary balances; regulation of feeding; obesity and starvation; vitamins and minerals

    72. Energetics and metabolic rate

    73. Body temperature, temperature regulation, and fever

    XIV. Endocrinology and reproduction

    74. Introduction to endocrinology

    75. Pituitary hormones and their control by the hypopthalamus

    76. Thyroid metabolic hormones

    77. Adenocortical hormones

    78. Insulin, glucagon, and diabetes mellitus

    79. Parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, calcium and phosphate metabolism, vitamin D, bone, and teeth

    80. Reproductive and hormonal functions of the mail (and function of the pineal gland)

    81. Female physiology before pregnancy and female hormones

    82. Pregnancy and lactation

    83. Fetal and neonatal physiology

    XV. Sports physiology

    84. Sports physiology


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