Medical Physiology: Principles for Clinical Medicine richly presents the physiology knowledge necessary for clinical practice
Human physiology is the science that explains how cells, tissues, and organs interact and function as an integrated system. The fifth edition of Medical Physiology: Principles for Clinical Medicine provides the latest information of how the body’s different systems work to allow it to cope with changes in its internal and external environment. In so doing, it addresses how the body maintains optimal health and ensures survival. Although the emphasis of the fifth edition is on normal physiology, discussion of pathophysiology is also undertaken to show how altered functions are involved in disease processes. We have also created a new type of chapter essay for this edition that highlights how physiology integrates with others medical sciences, such as those involving pharmacology, biochemistry, genetics, and clinical diagnostics. This enrichment of basic physiology reinforces fundamental physiologic principles while also demonstrating how basic concepts in physiology connect to clinical medicine.
Our mission for this edition has developed out of our decades of teaching and mentoring medical students and the feedback we have received from them. We have created a multicomponent learning resource to address three questions that medical students have told us most concern them in their academic training; these are, “What should I know?”, “How do I know that I know it well?”, and “How does what I learn fit into medicine?” Each component of this textbook presents a learning opportunity with these questions in mind. We have attempted to maximize those opportunities to the fullest, while providing a clear, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to medical physiology.
Medical Physiology: Principles for Clinical Medicine, like the previous edition, is written for medical students but will be useful to dental, graduate nursing, and veterinary students as well. This is neither an encyclopedic textbook nor is it intended to be a condensed, descriptive review. Rather, the fifth edition focuses on the basic key physiologic principles necessary to understand human function and its fundamental context in clinical medicine. An additional important objective for the fifth edition is to demonstrate to the student that physiology is key to understanding other medical sciences such as pharmacology and pathophysiology. Although the book is written primarily with the student in mind, the fifth edition will also be a clear, concise, and helpful reference for physicians and other health care professionals.