Essential Medical Physiology

Essential Medical Physiology

3rd Edition - September 18, 2003

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  • Editor: Leonard Johnson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080472706

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Essential Medical Physiology, Third Edition, deals with the principal subjects covered in a modern medical school physiology course. This thoroughly revised version includes chapters on general physiology as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, central nervous system, and integrative physiology. It contains clinical notes, chapter outlines with page numbers, 2-color figures throughout, and new chapters on Exercise, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, and Maternal Adaptations in Pregnancy. Among the contributors to this indispensible textbook are leading physiologists Leonard R. Johnson, Stanley G. Schultz, H. Maurice Goodman, John H. Byrne, Norman W. Weisbrodt, James M. Downey, D. Neil Granger, Frank L. Powell, Jr., James A. Schafer, and Dianna A. Johnson. This text is recommended for medical, graduate, and advanced undergraduate students studying physiology, physicians, and clinical specialists as well as anyone interested in basic human physiology.

Key Features

  • Includes clinical notes
  • "Key Points" summarize most important information 
  • Contains chapter outlines with page numbers
  • 2-color figures throughout
  • New chapters on Exercise, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, and Maternal Adaptations in Pregnancy


Medical, graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying physiology, physicians and clinical specialists, as well as anyone interested in basic human physiology.

Table of Contents

    1 The Internal Environment
    2 Control of Cell Function
    3 Membrane Transport
    4 Resting Potentials and Action Potentials in Excitable Cells
    5 Propagation of the Action Potential
    6 Neuromuscular and Synaptic Transmission
    7 Striated Muscle
    8 Smooth Muscle
    9 Autonomic Nervous System

    10 Hemodynamics
    11 Electrical Activity of the Heart
    12 The Electrocardiogram, James M. Downey
    13 The Mechanical Activity of the Heart
    14 Regulation of Venous Return and Cardiac Output
    15 Regulation of Arterial Pressure
    16 Capillary Exchange
    17 Regulation of Regional Blood Flow

    18 Structure and Function of the Respiratory System
    19 Mechanics of Breathing
    20 Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Transport in the Blood
    21 Pulmonary Gas Exchange
    22 Control of Breathing

    23 Functional Anatomy of the Kidney and Micturition
    24 Renal Blood Flow and Glomerular Filtration
    25 Mass Balance in Body Homeostasis and Renal Function
    26 Reabsorption and Secretion in the Proximal Tubule
    27 Reabsorption and Secretion in the Loop of Henle,
    Distal Tubule, and Collecting Duct
    28 Regulation of Body Fluid Osmolality
    29 Regulation of Sodium Balance and Extracellular Fluid Volume
    30 Renal Regulation of Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium
    31 The Role of the Kidney in Acid-Base Balance

    32 Regulation
    33 Motility
    34 Secretion
    35 Digestion and Absorption
    36 Intestinal Electrolyte and Water Transport

    37 Introduction to Endocrine Physiology
    38 Pituitary Gland
    39 Thyroid Gland
    40 Adrenal Glands
    41 The Pancreatic Islets
    42 Hormonal Regulation of Fuel Metabolism
    43 Hormonal Regulation of Calcium Metabolism
    44 Hormonal Growth Control
    45 Hormonal Control of Reproduction in the Male
    46 Hormonal Control of Reproduction in the Female: The Menstrual Cycle
    47 Hormonal Control of Reproduction in the Female: Pregnancy and Lactation

    48 Organization of the Nervous System
    49 Sensory Receptors of the Somatosensory System
    50 Central Projections of the General Somatosensory System
    51 The Visual System
    52 The Vestibular System
    53 The Auditory System
    54 The Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste
    55 Lower Motor Neurons of the Spinal Cord and Brain Stem
    56 Sensory and Motor Pathways Controlling Lowe Motor Neurons of the Spinal Cord
    57 The Motor Cortex
    58 The Basal Ganglia
    59 The Cerebellum
    60 Neuronal Control of Mood, Emotion, and State of Awareness
    61 Learning and Memory

    62 Body Temperature Regulation
    63 Exercise
    64 Heart Failure and Circulatory Shock
    65 Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Stanley G. Schultz
    66 Maternal Adaptations in Pregnancy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1008
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: September 18, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080472706

About the Editor

Leonard Johnson

Leonard R. Johnson received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Michigan and then trained with Dr. Morton I. Grossman at UCLA. He spent 17 years as a Professor of Physiology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston before moving to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as the Thomas A. Gerwin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology. He is the author or coauthor of over 250 papers on gastrointestinal physiology and holds an NIH MERIT Award. Currently he is the Vice Chancellor for Research at Tennessee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Thomas A. Gerwin Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN, USA

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