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Berne, Robert M., 1918-2001.
Fifth edition.
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St. Louis : Mosby, [2004]

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x, 1014 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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Here is a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date textbook of human physiology that emphasizes fundamental mechanisms and concepts. One of the leading texts in its field, PHYSIOLOGY is known for its direct, scientific approach to the subject matter. Its well-respected authors use an organ system-based approach to clearly describe all of the mechanisms that control and regulate bodily function. This 5th Edition features a greatly increased emphasis on molecular biology and genetic diseases. And, the Nervous System section has been completely reorganized in accordance with the latest trends in medical education. Key experimental observations and examples provide a rich understanding of the body's dynamic processes. Clinical information is emphasized throughout, via shaded boxes that highlight clinical correlations. Self-study problems, as well as a mini-exam available through the evolve site, help students master the material. Greatly expanded and updated coverage of molecular biology and genetic diseases throughout explores how recent scientific discoveries in these areas have expanded our understanding of physiology. The Nervous System section has been thoroughly restructured to reflect the most current trends in medical education.

Table of Contents

I Cellular Physiology
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 The Nervous System
6 The Nervous System and Its Components
7 The Peripheral Nervous System
8 The Somatosensory System
9 The Visual System
10 The Auditory and Vestibular Systems
11 The Chemical Senses
12 Spinal Organization of Motor Function
13 Descending Pathways Involved in Motor Control
14 Motor Control by the Cerebral Cortex, Cerebellum, and Basal Ganglia
15 The Autonomic Nervous System and Its Central Control
16 The Cerebral Cortex And Higher Functions Of The Nervous System
III Muscle
17 Contractile Mechanism of Muscle Cells
18 Skeletal Muscle Physiology
19 Smooth Muscle
IV The Cardiovascular System
20 Blood and Hemostasis
21 The Circuitry
22 Electrical Activity of the Heart
23 The Cardiac Pump
24 Regulation of the Heartbeats
25 Hemodynamics
26 The Arterial System
27 The Microcirculation and Lymphatics
28 The Peripheral Circulation and Its Control
29 Control of Cardiac Output: Coupling of Heart and Blood Vessels
30 Special Circulations
31 Interplay of Central and Peripheral Factors in the Control of the Circulation
V The Respiratory System
32 Structure and Function of the Respiratory System
33 Mechanical Properties in Breathing
34 Pulmonary and Bronchial Circulations: Ventilation/Perfusion Ratios
35 Transport of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide: Tissue Oxygenation
36 Control of Breathing
VI The Gastrointestinal System
37 Gastrointestinal Motility
38 Gastrointestinal Secretions
39 Digestion and Absorption
VII The Kidney
40 Elements of Renal Function
41 Solute and Water Transport along the Nephron: Tubular Function
42 Control of Body Fluid Osmolality and Volume
43 Potassium, Calcium, and Phosphate Homeostasis
44 Role of the Kidneys in the Regulation of Acid-Base Balance
VIII The Endocrine System
45 General Principles of Endocrine Physiology
46 Whole Body Metabolism
47 Hormones of the Pancreatic Islets
48 Endocrine Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Metabolism
49 The Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland
50 The Thyroid Gland
51 The Adrenal Glands
52 The Reproductive Glands
Appendix A Answers to Self-Study Problems
Appendix B Mini-Exam