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Textbook of Medical Physiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 11e (Guyton Physiology) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0721602400 ISBN-10: 0721602401 Edition: 11th

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  • Series: Guyton Physiology
  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 11 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721602401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721602400
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers access to the full text and other valuable features online via the STUDENT CONSULT website

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Dr. John E. Hall DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY AND B 2500 N STATE ST JACKSON, MS 39216 601-984-1810 jehall@physiology.umsmed.edu

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This book is incredibly well laid out and very readable.
Lincoln Maxwell
During my first year in medical school I used Berne and Levy as the text for medical physiology and I found it to be a very good text.
Darrell Wu
If you need a thorough or even basic understanding of physiology, this book is great.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Wu on April 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the reviewer from Israel, this book is exceptional at explaining physiology. During my first year in medical school I used Berne and Levy as the text for medical physiology and I found it to be a very good text. But reviewing physiology during my second year I used the text by Guyton and I couldn't believe how well written and clear it was. Both texts are excellent and I give both 5 stars, but I would definately recommend Guyton for a first read, and then Berne and Levy.

However, not all sections in this book, like not all sections in Berne and Levy are excellent. I recommend supplementing reading in Respiratory physiology by West or weinburg, Renal Physiology by rose or vander, and GI with Johnson. Cardio use B/L-it's the best. Endocrine, Guyton is good. Nerve and Muscle physiology use Berne and Levy; and Neurophysiology I highly recommend reading Neuroscience by Purves and Essentials of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology by Gilman.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Wizkid on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"When the length of the spindle receptor increases suddenly, the primary ending (but not the secondary ending) is stimulated especially powerfully, much more powerfully than the stimulus caused by the static response. This excess stimulus of the primary ending is called the dynamic response, which means that the primary ending responds extremely actively to a rapid rate of change in spindle length. Even when the length of a spindle receptor increases only a fraction of a micrometer, if this increase occurs in a fraction of a second, the primary receptor transmits tremendous numbers of excess impulses in the Ia fiber--but only while the length is actually increasing."

I have quoted at some length from an almost randomly selected passage on muscle sensory receptors to give you a chance to see for yourself what Guyton and Hall do. If this sort of thing sounds like gobbledygook to you, then avoid this book. If it sounds obvious and trite, you too should not bother with this book. (You may be one of the two types of readers I discuss below.) But if, like me, you knew about muscle spindles but didn't know the actual mechanisms and, like me, find the clarity, completeness, and detail of this description extraordinarily exciting, then Guyton and Hall may be just what you're looking for.

I can imagine two types of readers for whom Guyton and Hall will not work, both represented fairly well among the other reviewers here. One is, so to speak, below the book, the other above it. The book will suit neither those coming to anatomy and physiology for the first time (unless they are extremely intelligent and motivated) nor those whose grasp of the English language is slight (either because English is their second language or because they read and write rarely).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Shalman on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For the medical student this one is the best explained and most detailed book there is! The main quality of this title is in the fact that C.Guyton is a great teacher. The clear figures and the down to earth language makes this book the best for the student. It slowly shifts from the simple to the hard stuff and does it withough any unnecessary complexity. Everything you will ever need to know about physiology is here. While reading this I couldn't believe how such a tough subject can be made so easy. It is really a masterpiece.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shann Yu on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
OK, so this may not be a textbook that I've been required to buy in any of my undergrad classes, but it was one of those books that we were recommended to have by the time I took my bioengineering fundamentals class. Reasons?

Simple. It does an awesome job of explaining everything. Long story short. There may not be as much images as you'd find in, say, Fox's Human Physiology (check out my review there), but for one thing, this is the comprehensive tome of knowledge if you want to know even the details, nuts, and bolts behind physiology.

And even if you aren't really trying to teach yourself physiology or do this for fun, it always makes a great addition to the bookshelf of any physician or bioengineer. The fact that I'm an undergrad and we use this book by the time we hit sophomore year goes out to show how well it is written.

Grade: A++++++......(infinity)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Will on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's amazing when a person understands their material with such a firm grasp and can then further back it with the organizational skills and creativity necessary to produce a book. This literally borders on art. It is smooth, has a natural progression and the writing is perfectly concise and illuminating.

Wow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Fix on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought both this book and Costanzo for my first year physio class and loved the Guyton book. He explains everything very well so that you understand why systems work the way they do. Costanzo, while easy to read, tends to dumb the information down, and as a result, you end up memorizing facts instead of understanding concepts. At my medical school, we take the shelf as the final, and after reading Guyton I felt really prepared, whereas most of my classmates who read Costanzo felt dazed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodeo179 on June 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that there is diversity in learning styles and it varies by your background, intellects, IQ, etc. A book that I may find tedious and too detailed may be a great source for another student.

For me, this book was too repetitive, lengthy, and time consuming. My peers, most of whom had high school education and little or no college background, were appreciative of Guyton because it repeats over and over to embed a concept. If you are a student that needs to see a fact several times to "get it", then this may be it. But at the same time, younger students had difficulty extracting important content from dense chapters.

The advanced learners and those with higher education may find this textbook dull and repetitive. In addition, when compared to Ganong and other physiology texts, Guyton lacks important facts needed for school and board exams.
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