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Human Physiology

Fourth Edition

Gillian Pocock, Christopher D. Richards, and David A. Richards

Publication Date - March 2013

ISBN: 9780199574933

848 pages
10.9 x 8.6 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $142.95

Provides clear explanations of the principles governing the body's physiological processes


The human body is a complicated and beautiful machine, governed by the laws of physics and chemistry. By understanding its physiology--how it performs its varied functions--it is possible to build strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Human Physiology, Fourth Edition, provides clear explanations of the principles that govern the body's physiological processes and shows how these can be applied, making it an ideal resource for students interested in pursuing careers in human biology, biomedical science, and medicine.

* Written in student-friendly language
* Rich pedagogy throughout--photos, diagrams, boxes, bulleted lists, and reading lists
* Companion Website featuring multiple-choice questions for students (www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/9780199574933)

New to this Edition

  • Clinical material is now integrated into the main text
  • New checklists at the end of each chapter highlighting key learning points
  • More than 150 additional figures--including original photomicrographs
  • A new chapter on basic chemistry
  • Updated coverage of the molecular processes involved in cell signaling and cell transport

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2006
February 2004
May 1999

Table of Contents

    Section 1. Basic Concepts in Physiology
    1. What Is Physiology?
    2. Key Concepts in Chemistry
    3. The Chemical Constitution of the Body

    Section 2. The Organization and Basic Functions of Cells
    4. Introducing Cells and Tissues
    5. The Transport Functions of the Plasma Membrane
    6. Principles of Cell Signaling

    Section 3. The Excitable Tissues--Nerve and Muscle
    7. Nerve Cells and Their Connections
    8. Muscle

    Section 4. The Nervous System and Special Senses
    9. Introduction to the Nervous System
    10. The Physiology of Motor Systems
    11. The Autonomic Nervous System
    12. The Sensory Systems
    13. Some Aspects of Higher Nervous Function

    Section 5. The Endocrine System
    14. Introduction to the Endocrine System
    15. The Pituitary Gland and Hypothalamus
    16. The Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal Glands
    17. The Endocrine Pancreas and Regulation of Plasma Glucose

    Section 6. Blood and the Immune System
    18. The Properties of Blood
    19. Defense against Infection: The Immune System

    Section 7. The Cardiovascular System
    20. Introduction to the Cardiovascular System
    21. The Heart
    22. The Electrocardiogram
    23. The Circulation
    24. The Microcirculation and Lymphatic System

    Section 8. The Respiratory System
    25. Introduction to the Respiratory System
    26. Physiology of High Altitude and Diving

    Section 9. The Urinary System and the Regulation of the Internal Environment
    27. The Kidneys and the Regulation of the Internal Environment
    28. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
    29. Acid-Base Balance

    Section 10. The Gastrointestinal System
    30. The Physiology of the Digestive System
    31. The Liver and Gallbladder
    32. The Nutritional Needs of the Body

    Section 11. Reproduction and Growth
    33. The Physiology of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems
    34. Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Lactation
    35. Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
    36. The Physiology of Bone and the Control of Growth

    Section 12. Applied Physiology
    37. Energy Balance and the Control of Metabolic Rate
    38. The Physiology of Exercise
    39. The Regulation of Body Temperature

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