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Product Details

  • Series: Costanzo Physiology
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4 edition (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416062165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416062165
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Fischer, MD on August 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hey Dr. C!!!
You have a FABULOUS book! I recommend it to ALL the students I teach in step 1 physiology for Kaplan and it is the book for my own course in Physiology as the Co-Director of the Physiology Course for Touro COM in the Great New York City!

The clarity, brevity and consistent excellence on every page is truly admirable. As I sit here this evening re-writing the Kaplan Step 3 Q-Bank I just had to write to expess my admiration for a truly outstanding job.

Honestly, I grew up on Guyton but they have so deviated and so has Boron.You can understand physiology and actually have those books suck knowledge OUT of your brain.The length is fantastic and I love the extra color in the new version. You need me to film a course on your book. Woo Hoo! Seriously, you can prep for step one, get what you need for the hospital floors and get background for research.

I hope to meet in person someday but in the meantime, The Fisch sends you a big hug!!!
Warm and Fuzzies!
Sincerely
Conrad Fischer, MD
Chairman Medicine Kaplan Medical
Associate Professor of Physiology,
Associate Professor of Pharmacology,
Associate Professor of Medicine
Touro College of Medicine, New York City

Director of Educational Development
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, New York City
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Dav on January 18, 2011
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Since this book already has so many great reviews, there isn't much more I can say. I bought this book to help me out with physio in Veterinary school. It is AMAZING. I was really struggling with cardiology and now I really enjoy the subject. The diagrams are great, the text is simple to understand, I am in love with this book! I can't believe how much it has helped me, and how cheap it is compared with other books. This is the best purchase I have made for text books in school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Szymon N. on August 27, 2012
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Well, there's only one better book..
And that's Harry Potter. Seriously, reading this book is a pleasure. And what's even better after reading it you remember most of what you've read. For your med school Dr Costanzo's book is probably all you need. Guyton is great for sinking into details, but for plain understanding of physiological concepts Costanzo is better (and it takes 10 times less time, which is good as there're other subjects you need to learn:)
Why look anywhere else if there's Costanzo?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ahavah on February 10, 2014
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As a medical student... I want to say "F" Guyton, Boron, Hall, Rhoades, and Bell... seriously. There is no way I have time to read what's covered in those ginormous heavy a$$ books. I'm slightly annoyed that I did not find out how flipping awesome Costanzo's physiology book is until half way through my first year of medical school. This book along with the Thieme anatomy atlas and Pre-test practice questions are *the* most important books I own as a first year medical student.

I see myself using it as a reference during second year as well. It's soooo easy to read. She gets to the point. I need to understand what's going on and then apply it clinically. I am not interested in learning about every single detail to go out a develop a chemical marker for a disease process... otherwise I'd be a doctoral student and not a medical student.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By greycells on August 2, 2012
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Even if you are ordinarily reluctant to purchase textbooks, this one is definitely worth having. It is extremely readable and well-organized, and the charts diagrams are actually understandable, which is more than can be said for a lot of textbooks. It can easily be read cover-to-cover, but clear headings and bolded key words also make it easy to look up particular subjects. It provides sufficient detail and some clinical correlations, but it remains focused on key facts which makes for more efficient reviewing. Thus, Dr. Costanzo's text provide a clear and logical introduction to subjects prior to lectures and efficient review later on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Rice on November 5, 2010
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As many many others have said- this is absolutely the best physiology book out there. My medical school required some other lousy book which I used a handful of times and then abandoned. This is extremely well organized, hits all of the important and relevant points but doesn't get bogged down in low yield detail. Whether studying for boards or just trying to understand physiology, I've found this book to be absolutely the best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carltmdstudmalta on February 7, 2011
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This is my first and probably only review.

This book is without a doubt the best physiology book you can buy, it probably contains less than a tenth of the words found in guyton, ganong etc but after studying from it, you will without a doubt have a better understanding of the key concepts and ideas, rather than the rather useless nitty gritty details you'll find when you're buried under the other physiology books out there. Having said that, it is NOT simply a summarized or copout version of physiology for lazy students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nakira on May 19, 2011
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I'm a first year medical student and used this book for our physiology class after trying the one the professors recommended and hating it. Constanzo was recommended to me by a second year student and they were spot on. Things are organized in a very logical way and combined with the clear explanations made things very easy for me to understand. Our recommended course text on the other hand was very dense and often explained concepts in a way that was much more complicated than necessary, so Constanzo saved me. Since each section is an easy read and not that lengthy it was also easy for me to read Constanzo on top of the rest of my course work, it was never too time-consuming to do. And I did really well in phys so this book definitely paid off for me. I also liked that there are a lot of diagrams all in color and good summary tables throughout. There's also a bit on pathophysiology at the end of each section giving a good introduction to some of the main renal, CV, etc. conditions. Finally because the book is only ~500 pages from cover to cover it's less than an inch thick and doesn't weight that much so I could easily carry it around with me to study out of without feeling like I just put a brick into my bag. I can easily see why Constanzo is so popular both as a textbook for courses and for board review (with the smaller BRS physiology version). I definitely recommend this book for medical students.
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