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Physiology: with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 4e (Costanzo Physiology) 4th Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1416062165
ISBN-10: 1416062165
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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 (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I loved this book. Used it during my physiology class in medical school. I understood everything written here. I definitely recommend this book for physiology. The only thing that I found lacking in this textbook was in the cardio section. It does not explain the leads in an xray so I would use another resource to learn that (Google!).
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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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For some unexplained reason my professor hates this book. However, he is a terrible lecturer and without this book there is no way that I would have passed my first semester of M1 physiology. This book is concise and keeps the information easy and understandable. She will often explain a concept and then will have an example that will follow to make things more concrete. Plus there are these "challenge yourself" questions which asks questions of you (with answers provided) that really helps you solidify and repeat what you have learned. There are times that you may want a little more detail than what Costanzo is offering, but those times will be few and far between. I also have the physiology book by Boron and Boulpaep (B&B), which is very detailed book and fills in those details that Costanzo leave out, but unless you have a lot of time to study, there is no way that you will be able to read B&B as quickly and as straight forward as Costanzo.
I am a big fan of physio books. I have 4 of them, and this by far is the best. The only thing that I would say is a short coming of the book is that there are certain topics that you might not expect to find under a particular section. All the information is there but maybe a few times you may have to look in a different section of the book than you would have expected to find the information.
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