Key Features

  • Provides shaded "clinical boxes" to demonstrate abstract concepts' relevance to human physiological phenomena.
  • Offers case examples that show how physiological processes respond to various stimuli or to pathological processes.
  • Delivers hundreds of full-color illustrations that make complex physiological principles easy to grasp quickly.
  • Includes abundant graphs, figures, and tables that display information at a glance.
  • Presents review questions and answers that allow readers to evaluate their comprehension.

Table of Contents

I. Cell Physiology
Howard C. Kutchai

1. Cellular Membranes and Transmembrane Transport of Solutes and Water

2. Ionic Equilibria and Resting Membrane Potentials

3. Generation and Conduction of Action Potentials

4. Synaptic Transmission

5. Membrane Receptors, Second Messengers, and Signal-Transduction Pathways

II. Nervous System
William D. Willis, Jr.

6. Cellular Organization

7. General Sensory System

8. Special Senses

9. Motor System

10. Autonomic Nervous System and Its Control

11. Higher Functions of the Nervous System

III. Muscle
James Watras

12. Skeletal Muscle

13. Cardiac Muscle

14. Smooth Muscle

IV. Cardiovascular System
Matthew N. Levy and Achilles Pappano

15. Overview of the Circulation, Blood, and Hemostasis

16. Electrical Activity of the Heart

17. Natural Excitation of the Heart

18. Cardiac Pump

19. Regulation of the Heartbeat

20. Hemodynamics

21. Arterial System

22. Microcirculation and Lymphatics

23. Peripheral Circulation and Its Control

24. Control of Cardiac Output. Coupling of the Heart and Blood Vessels

25. Special Circulations

26. Interplay of Central and Peripheral Factors in Control of the Circulation

V. Respiratory System
Michelle M. Cloutier and Roger S. Thrall

27. Overview of the Respiratory System

28. Mechanical Properties of the Lung and Chest Wall

29. Ventilation, Perfusion, and Their Relationship

30. Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Transport

31. Control of Respiration

32. Nonrespiratory Functions of the Lung

VI. Digestive System
Howard C. Kutchai

33. Motility of the Gastrointestinal Tract

34. Gastrointestinal Secretions

35. Digestion and Absorption


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About the authors

Matthew Levy

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Bruce Koeppen

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut

Bruce Stanton

Affiliations and Expertise

Andrew C. Vail Professor, Director of the Lung Biology Center, Department of Physiology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire