Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology E-Book: Edition 12

Elsevier Health Sciences
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The 12th edition of Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology continues this bestselling title's long tradition as one of the world's favorite physiology textbooks. The immense success of this book is due to its description of complex physiologic principles in language that is easy to read and understand. Now with an improved color art program, thorough updates reflecting today's medicine and science, this textbook is an excellent source for mastering essential human physiology knowledge.
  • Learn and remember vital concepts easily thanks to short, easy-to-read, masterfully edited chapters and a user-friendly full-color design.
  • See core concepts applied to real-life situations with clinical vignettes throughout the text.
  • Discover the newest in physiology with updates that reflect the latest advances in molecular biology, cardiovascular, neurophysiology and gastrointestinal topics.
  • Visualize physiologic principles clearly with over 1000 bold, full-color drawings and diagrams.
  • Distinguish core concepts from more in-depth material with a layout that uses gray shading to clearly differentiate between "need-to-know" and "nice-to-know" information.
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Elsevier Health Sciences
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Jul 19, 2010
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Berne and Levy Physiology has long been respected for its scientifically rigorous approach and now includes major updates to bring you all of the latest knowledge in the field. Bruce M. Koeppen and Bruce A. Stanton present a honed and shortened edition that emphasizes the core information needed by students of physiology today and features a full-color design and artwork to enhance readability and enrich your comprehension of every concept. With access to the full contents online at Student Consult, this time-honored book delivers an in-depth understanding of physiology more powerfully and effectively than ever before.Describes all of the mechanisms that control and regulate bodily function using a clear and intuitive organ system-based approach.

Provides a rich understanding of the body's dynamic processes through key experimental observations and examples.

Includes Student Consult access to the complete and searchable contents of the book online, as well as relevant bonus content from other Student Consult titles, an image gallery, 10 physiology animations, and much more.

Features updated coverage throughout to expand your understanding of the most current trends in physiology and medicine, including the latest cellular and molecular knowledge.

Includes shaded boxes that highlight and explain important clinical and molecular information.

Presents new section editors who ensure that you are getting the freshest, most clinically relevant information available today.

Summarizes need-to-know information in each chapter with Key Points sections.


The subject matter of physiology is the foundation of the practice of medicine, and a firm grasp

of its principles is essential for the physician. This book is intended to aid the student preparing

for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1. It is a concise review

of key physiologic principles and is intended to help the student recall material taught during

the first and second years of medical school. It is not intended to substitute for comprehensive


or for course syllabi, although the student may find it a useful adjunct to physiology

and pathophysiology courses.

The material is organized by organ system into seven chapters. The first chapter reviews

general principles of cellular physiology. The remaining six chapters review the major organ

systems—neurophysiology, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and acid–base, gastrointestinal,

and endocrine physiology.

Difficult concepts are explained stepwise, concisely, and clearly, with appropriate illustrative

examples and sample problems. Numerous clinical correlations are included so that the

student can understand physiology in relation to medicine. An integrative approach is used,

when possible, to demonstrate how the organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis.

More than 130 full-color illustrations and flow diagrams and more than 50 tables help the student

visualize the material quickly and aid in long-term retention. The inside front cover contains

“Key Physiology Topics for USMLE Step 1.” The inside back cover contains “Key Physiology

Equations for USMLE Step 1.”

Questions reflecting the content and format of USMLE Step 1 are included at the end of

each chapter and in a Comprehensive Examination at the end of the book. These questions,

many with clinical relevance, require problem-solving skills rather than straight recall. Clear,

concise explanations accompany the questions and guide the student through the correct steps

of reasoning. The questions can be used as a pretest to identify areas of weakness or as a posttest

to determine mastery. Special attention should be given to the Comprehensive Examination,

because its questions integrate several areas of physiology and related concepts of pathophysiology

and pharmacology.

New to this edition:

■■   Addition of new full-color figures

■■   Updated organization and text

■■   Expanded coverage of cellular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine


■■   Increased emphasis on pathophysiology

Best of luck in your preparation for USMLE Step 1!

Linda S. Costanzo, Ph.D.


Medical Physiology, in its updated 2nd edition, firmly relates molecular and cellular biology to the study of human physiology and disease. Drs. Walter Boron and Emile Boulpaep and a team of leading physiologists present you with practical, accurate coverage, continually emphasizing the clinical implications of the material. Each chapter explains the principles and organization of each body system, while more than 1400 high-quality, full-color line drawings and prominently featured clinical examples clarify every concept. This exceptionally detailed and comprehensive guide to physiology is ideal for a rich, straightforward, state-of-the-art understanding of this essential subject.Quickly review important content using prominent boxes included throughout the text to provide clinical examples of disordered physiology.

Master difficult concepts with the use of 800 color drawings that feature balloon captions explaining key processes.

Find information easily with the intuitive organization by body system and consistent style.

Get up-to-date coverage of physiology with updated text and figures.

Access the fully searchable text online at, along with Webnotes, Image Bank, 150 Self-assessment questions, and 10 physiology animations.

Stay current thanks to updated material, including a new chapter on Physiology of Aging and a new section on hemostasis.

Gain a clear visual understanding with a revised and updated art program of high-quality, full color line drawings and prominently featured clinical examples.

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