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Medical Physiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 2e (MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY (BORON)) [Hardcover]

Walter F. Boron MD PhD , Emile L. Boulpaep MD
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November 21, 2008 1416031154 978-1416031154 2
The updated 2nd edition of this accessible and in-depth resource firmly relates molecular and cellular biology to the study of human physiology and disease. 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 800 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.
  • Provides clinical examples of disordered physiology in prominent boxes throughout the text for at-a-glance access to important content.
  • Clarifies concepts with the use of 800 color drawings that feature balloon captions explaining key processes.
  • Presents material in a consistent style to make the text readable and easy to understand.
  • Offers a practical organization by body system for an intuitive and accessible approach to physiology.
  • Features access to the complete contents of the book online, plus a full image collection, animations, 150 review questions, and supplemental web notes for more detailed information.
  • Keeps you current with updated material, including a new chapter on Physiology of Aging and a new section on hemostasis.
  • Offers the latest visual guidance with a revised and updated art program.

Your purchase entitles you to access the web site until the next edition is published, or until the current edition is no longer offered for sale by Elsevier, whichever occurs first. If the next edition is published less than one year after your purchase, you will be entitled to online access for one year from your date of purchase. Elsevier reserves the right to offer a suitable replacement product (such as a downloadable or CD-ROM-based electronic version) should online access to the web site be discontinued.

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"Clearly links the molecular and cellular biological foundations of physiology to organ-system physiology, as well as its aberrations that become disease. Designed to show 'expertise of a multi-author book with the consistency of a single pen' the editors sought Yale professors of physiology and then recast their manuscripts into uniform style to become a reliable resource for medical students. The excellent color illustrations can reduce the need for additional hand-outs.”
-Comprehensive Therapy, review of previous edition

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1352 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 2 edition (November 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416031154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416031154
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 9.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for medical school! April 13, 2009
By Kelly
While in my first year of medical school, I have gone to the library and tried out the most popular physiology books. Guyton and Hall and Berne and Levy left much to be desired. The Lange Review is more of a review and simply doesn't teach things. There were concepts that I just didn't understand in these books that the authors assume a medical student should have as pre-req knowledge.

An example is a concept that relies a lot on physics (NOT one of my strengths!) Surfactant and surface tension. When I opened up Boron, it explained in detail with FOUR pictures... and A-ha! I understood in 5 minutes what had taken ages of confusion in Berne and Levy.

So, if you learn visually, need pictures and would like a bit more explanation and teaching in your physiology book, Boron is the textbook for you!

Yes, it does go deep into detail that is beyond what I will need during first year... but I just skim over those areas and focus on the parts that are most critical. It is so well-written that it is truly a joy to read! The authors are excellent teachers and have made many complicated subjects understandable.

A hint to Beginners: As I am a beginner in physiology, I MUST start a body system by reading the introduction chapter. For example, I read the intro to cardiovascular system before jumping into how the heart pumping mechanism works... But as long as I read the intro chapter and have a decent grasp on the organs involved, I can hop right into the physiology on my next read.

Medical Physiology inspires me to keep reading and keep learning. There are clinical examples, good referencing to topics previously discussed, and an extra plus, I can download ALL the diagrams and text from the studentconsult website!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Like many first-year medical students, I've done a lot of research into figuring out which books to buy for specific subjects. Most of the time, class notes can be simply supplemented with a well-written USMLE-style review book. However, some very broad and important subjects (such as physiology) need much more than that... you NEED a good grounding in physiology to succeed as a physician or other medical professional.

That being said, I had already purchased a couple physiology books: Costanzo (4th edition) for class and BRS Physiology (also written by Costanzo) to review for the boards next year. However, as the class lectures went on, I found myself realizing how much isn't covered in these books - and with good reason; many class details simply aren't "high yield" material. However, if you really want to learn more about the "how and why" to build a better foundation, you need to buy a comprehensive physiology textbook as a reference.

I narrowed it down to three books, all of which I think are very good for medical students and professionals: Berne and Levy, Guyton and Hall, and Boron and Boulpaep. I was able to borrow a friend's Guyton and Hall... and while I think it's an amazing feat that Guyton himself completely wrote the first few editions of the book, it was clear that some sections were more fluid than others (cardiovascular was very strong). In addition, it felt more like a dictation than a textbook: tons of details and snippets of information, but the text seemed more dry and figures weren't nearly as clear, plentiful, or colorful. I also took a short look at Berne and Levy: a great book with lots of details as well...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book makes good doctors October 15, 2010
By corina
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I bought this book for my first year of med school, since here in Romania the actual textbook for the course is 20 years behind with the facts and has no good pictures whatsoever. I am now on my 2nd year and it is still my favourite, and not only for my physiology course (I also reffered to it for cell biology and even biophysics).

- detailed explanation on molecular physiology, the book coveres almost every aspect of medical physiology (including sports and aging)
- many truly helpful drawings (and beautiful too)
- data is backed up by recent research (recent at the time of publication of course, which is very important to me)
- it is clinically oriented, which makes all the enzime interactions worth knowing
- when you're going to be a doctor there's no such thing as too much knowledge, not in physiology anyway

- you cannot use it for reviewing before an exam unless you already went trough it a couple of times
- when you want to learn something fast this book will just piss you off with the mechanisms and fill your already tired mind with too many cellular stuff
- sometimes, after you finally finish reading a chapter you find yourself not mastering the basic stuff (it's normal to get a little confused at first, nooane said it would be easy, but that goes away after reviewing what you've read). And the satisfaction you get when it all makes sense makes it worthwhile in the end.

BOTTOMLINE: Many people over here complain about the complexity of the text. I agree, it does contain a lot of info but none of it is useless if you really want to understand HOW things happen at a molecular level. If you just wanna get good grades on your exams choose something easier. Personally, I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Textbook
This textbook is very comprehensive, very detailed yet surprisingly easy to read, lots of graphs and figures that are well explained. Read more
Published 10 months ago by annieoftirol
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for school
I purchased this book for a class in school. While parts of it are a little advanced, overall it is easy to understand.
Published 16 months ago by McGG
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource
Very great book. I look forward to using it more in med school. If anything else, it is a great paper weight and great tool to flatten out posters. It is very heavy.
Published 17 months ago by Frank M
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Medical Physiolofy
The book was in perfect condition when I received it. It contains all of the important information for medical physiology and more. I love this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Also Good book via
My daughter will use this book and outside the US for a medical study. Although a used book, it will help my daughter a lot, because this book is hard to find in my country, you... Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Hendrik
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE WEAK
Take this book and BRS physiology. Make notes in the BRS as you read this book. Read the BRS at the end of the night. BRS will make more sense with this book. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MEDICAL PHISIOLOGY - BORON
Published on November 1, 2011 by josemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed book
The book is very detailed and explains everything. The reading is a little dry but other than that, the authors definitely did a great job writing it.
Published on September 2, 2011 by Dru
3.0 out of 5 stars Guyton versus Boron
Recently I had the opportunity to compare some (not all) of the cardiology chapters in Guyton versus Boron, head to head (I had both books open, side by side). Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Ruprecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Very in depth book
Very useful in helping to understand the subject better. Lots of pictures to illustrate the different topics. Makes a very good reference book.
Published on April 30, 2011 by lixe_et
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