Animal Physiology 1st Edition

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The authors have done a great job of outlining the major issues important for understanding metabolism in a variety of animals (invertebrate and vertebrate) and environmental stresses. They make excellent use of figures and balloon captions that capture the reader's attention. There are also several nice examples from the current and classic literature that will appeal to many students. --Grant McClelland, McMaster University (on Chapter 7) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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RICHARD W. HILL is Professor in the Department of Zoology at Michigan State University, USA and a frequent Guest Investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research interests include: temperature regulation and energetics in birds and mammals, especially neonates; and marine sulphur physiology, especially in the contexts of biogeochemistry and animal--algal symbioses. GORDON A. WYSE is Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. His research uses caterpillars and Limulus as model organisms to explore the neural circuits and neurotransmitters underlying feeding behaviour and other behaviour patterns. MARGARET ANDERSON is Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Programme in Neuroscience at Smith College, USA. Her research interests include the functional properties of excitable cells. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc; 1st edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878933158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878933150
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By epi-nurse on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
From explaining how a mammal can stay underwater for lengthy periods, to how a camel can survive without water for days, this is a fascinating description of all types of animals and their unique ways of living. I never knew quite how fish breathe, nor how birds survive freezing temperatures. This is one book I can pick up, open to any page, and find the contents more intriguing than any mystery. It explains in depth the most recent current knowledge with examples of studies when researchers are still unclear about the answers. I am a nurse, not a physiologist, and find it easily comprehensible.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hessenauer on April 19, 2008
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This is an excellent text book. I was privlaged enough to have Dr. Hill as a professor, and this book truely does justice to his wealth of knowledge. It is easily comprehended by physiologists as well as any other students in general. It goes in depth into a wide variety of questions, provinding many enlightening examples and illustrations. Really a great book for all students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MAV on May 2, 2006
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Dr. Hill is as wonderfully knowledgable and intelligent in his writing as he is in his teaching. Fortunate enough to have him as a professor and, incidentally, use his book (co-written with Wyse) as a resource, I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in animal physiology or to any biologist/zoologist.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on March 8, 2011
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This was my first time buying a loose leaf version of a text book. I love that this is an option for a more student friendly price. I wasn't sure how I would like it but so far it works really well. I split it into two halves in different 3 ring binders so it is lighter and I can bring it to class easily. The only problem I foresee is ripping pages. The 3 hole punches have no reinforcement so with more use I bet the pages will start tearing through. The information in the book seems really good so far as well, nice pictures and diagrams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kautz on March 16, 2009
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This is a very well written, well organized, and thorough treatment of the topic of animal physiology. I highly recommend the purchase of this text/reference book.
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I used this textbook for a graduate school-level comparative physiology course, which actually asked for the 3rd edition. It served my purposes quite well for the course, especially considering the professor didn't really change his lectures or exams to fit the 3rd edition. Comparing it to the 3rd edition that some of my classmates had, the information contained in the chapters was extremely similar. However, if your professor assigns exact page numbers for reading, you should check with someone with the 3rd editions. Some of the chapters have been switched around, merged, etc., so page numbers between the editions are not homologous.

The only problem I ever had with this textbook was that the concepts could sometimes have been much more concisely described, and could almost always have been tied more clearly to examples in nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manny on February 20, 2011
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I bought this book for a physiological ecology class last year. The professor was the best I've had and covered more material in 15 weeks than most do in a year, and we still didn't get through this entire book. Though incredibly information dense, Hill's Animal Physiology is easy and fun to read and packed full of helpful pictures and diagrams. It covers nearly everything, often times in significant detail, yet still finds a way to explain things so that anyone with a little biology background can understand it. Everyone in biology should have this book. I'm currently re-reading various chapters relevent to my current studies and am amazed at how much I'm picking up from going through it a second time. It really is that good. For ~$100, this is a bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Raslich on November 18, 2012
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This was a great textbook. I'm glad I purchased it, but just wish I could have gotten the 3rd edition. I don't think most of the information is outdated in the second, but my personality always wants to get the latest and greatest when it's brand new. Richard Hill is a great lecture and prefers to teach through stories and tell how the researchers discovered things in the field of physiology and his textbook represents that well. Expect to learn from myriad examples that will stick with you.
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