Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function, 13th Edition PDF

Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function, 13th Edition PDF
by Eric Widmaier (Author), Hershel Raff  (Author), Kevin Strang (Author)

Eric Widmaier (Boston University), Hershel Raff (Medical College of Wisconsin), and Kevin Strang (University of Wisconsin) have taken on the challenge of maintaining the strengths and reputation of Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function. Moving beyond the listing of mere facts, it stresses the causal chains of events that constitute the mechanisms of body function. The fundamental purpose of this textbook is to present the principles and facts of human physiology in a format that is suitable for undergraduates regardless of academic background or field of study.

Vander's Human Physiology, thirteenth edition, carries on the tradition of clarity and accuracy, while refining and updating the content to meet the needs of today's instructors and students. The thirteenth edition features a streamlined, clinically oriented focus to the study of human body systems. It has also responded to reviewer requests for more clinical applications. Physiology Inquiries are maintained throughout the chapters. These critical-thinking questions associated with figures are just one more opportunity to add to the student's learning experience.

Physiology  is the study of how living organisms function. As applied to human beings, its scope is extremely broad. At one end of the spectrum, it includes the study of individual molecules—for example, how a particular protein’s shape and electrical properties allow it to function as a channel for ions to move into or out of a cell. At the other end, it is concerned with complex processes that depend on the integrated functions of many organs in the body—for example, how the heart, kidneys, and several glands all work together to cause the excretion of more sodium ions in the urine when a person has eaten salty food. 
Physiologists are interested in function and integration—how parts of the body work together at various levels of organizat ion and, most import ant ly, in t he ent ire organism. Even when physiologists study parts of organisms, all the way down to individual molecules, the intention is ultimately to apply the information they gain to understanding the function of the whole body. As the nineteenth-century physiologist Claude Bernard put it, “After carrying out an analysis of phenomena, we must . . . always reconstruct our physiological synthesis, so as to see the joint action of all the parts we have isolated. . . .” 
In this regard, a very important point must be made about the present and future status of physiology. It is 
easy for a student to gain the impression from a textbook that almost everything is known about the subject, but nothing could be farther from the truth for physiology. Many areas of function are still only poorly understood, such as how the workings of the brain produce conscious thought and memory. Finally, in many areas of this text, we will relate physiology to medicine. Some disease states can be viewed as physiology “gone wrong,” or  pathophysiology  , which makes an understanding of physiology essential for the study and practice of medicine. Indeed, many physiologists are actively engaged in research on the physiological 
bases of a wide range of diseases. In this text, we will give many examples of pathophysiology to illustrate the basic physiology that underlies the disease. A handy index of all the diseases and medical conditions discussed in this text appears in Appendix B. We begin our study of physiology by describing the organization of the structures of the human body.

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