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Medical Physiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 2e (MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY (BORON)) 2nd Edition

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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.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1352 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 2 edition (November 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416031154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416031154
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard Tapnio on February 5, 2010
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By corina on October 15, 2010
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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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