Human Physiology provides clear explanations of the principles that govern the body's physiological processes and shows how these can be applied. This is the ideal course companion for any student needing a solid foundation in the subject for a future career in human biology, biomedical science, or medicine.
- Extensive coverage of human physiology in clearly-structured chapters make this the ideal student text
- Accessible explanations, enhanced with numerous with photos and diagrams, help readers to learn and remember the material
- Boxes containing more advanced material, or numerical examples, give opportunities to stretch and challenge the reader
- Reading lists at the end of each chapter link physiology with other key subjects, particularly anatomy, biochemistry, and pharmacology
- Bulleted lists within chapters and at the end of chapters provide useful summaries and aid revision
- Accompanying online resources include multiple choice questions, allowing students to test their knowledge
New to this edition
- Coverage of sensory physiology expanded and broken down into smaller, more digestible chapters including the somatosensory system, the visual system, the auditory system, the vestibular system, the chemical senses of smell and taste, and the limbic system
- Coverage of the respiratory system expanded and broken down into smaller, more digestible chapters including the mechanics of breathing, alveolar ventilation and blood gas exchange, the control of respiration, pulmonary defence mechanisms and disorders of the respiratory system, and high altitude and diving
- A new comprehensive glossary to aid with understanding of physiological terms
About the Author(s)
Gillian Pocock, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Science, School of Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University, Christopher D. Richards, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London, and David A. Richards, Associate Professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Husson University School of Pharmacy, Bangor, Maine
Gillian Pocock read Physiology at the University of Oxford before moving to Kings' College London to study for her PhD under the supervision of P.F. Baker. She held a post-doctoral position at
Kings' College before taking up an appointment in the Department of Physiology, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. She is now Senior Lecturer in Clinical Science in the School of Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Her research interests have focussed on the role of calcium in secretion and pH regulation in neurons.
Christopher Richards read Biological Chemistry at the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD in the Department of Zoology, University of Bristol, under the supervision of P.C. Caldwell before taking up a position at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He subsequently moved to the National Institute for Medical Research where he was a
member of the scientific staff. He later held posts in the Departments of Physiology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and University College London where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physiology. He has published over 100 scientific articles, chiefly on the physiology and pharmacology of nerve cells.
David Richards studied biochemistry at the University of Bristol before beginning his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research and University College, London under the supervision of T.V.P. Bliss. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of Zurich Brain Research Institute and the
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, before moving to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is now Associate Professor of Neuropharmacology at Husson University School of Pharmacy in Maine. His research focuses on the cell biology that supports synaptic transmission.
"Review from previous edition Helped me to pass my first year of university with a First Class. Would recommend as it details many important concepts and explains them really easily." - Amazon customer review
"An excellent book; very well explained and very detailed." - Amazon customer review
"This welcomed fourth edition builds upon the positive aspects of previous editions and provides a fresh perspective to a complex area of study. Ease of reading and understanding is a key strength for this text and students will obtain detailed content, balanced with key effective learning tools to enhance knowledge exchange." - Dr Jamie O'Driscoll, Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University
Ancillary Resource Centre:
For registered adopters of the book:
-Figures from the book in electronic format
- Numerical and clinical problems related to each chapter
- Multiple choice questions to test your learning
-Web links for researching biomedical topics and some with useful animations, tutorials and dictionaries