This third edition of Essential Medical Physiology has been thoroughly revised and covers the principal subjects covered in a modern medical school physiology course. It includes chapters on general physiology, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, central nervous system, and integrative physiology. Contributors to this indispensible textbook include the 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.

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

PART I: GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY 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 PART II: CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY 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 PART III: RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY 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 PART IV: RENAL PHYSIOLOGY 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


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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 Vice Chancellor for Research and Thomas A. Gerwin Professor of Physiology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA