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Textbook of Medical Physiology [Hardcover]

by Walter Boron, Emile L. Boulpaep
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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September 6, 2002 0721632564 978-0721632568 1st
Medical Physiology is a new, full-color, comprehensive textbook designed for modern medical school courses in human physiology. The most up-to-date and beautifully illustrated text on the market, it has a strong molecular and cellular approach, firmly relating the molecular and cellular biological underpinnings of physiology to the study of human physiology and disease. Contributions from leading physiologists ensure authoritative, cutting-edge information, and thorough and consistent editing have produced a readable and student-friendly text.
  • The most current, accurate, and readable text of human physiology available, written by experts in the field.
  • Carefully edited to ensure consistency of style throughout.
  • Superbly illustrated with more than 800 high-quality, full-color line drawings.
  • Features dialogue balloons in most illustrations that "tell the story," serving as a useful review tool for students.
  • Includes both technical and clinical boxes to summarize important experimental and clinical material.

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A very useful book that has a high scientific standard. It is good to use as a reference for both physiology study and as a practicing physician
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Relates the molecular and cellular biological underpinnings of physiology to the study of human physiology and disease --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 1st edition (September 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721632564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721632568
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I have bought 4 physiology books during my medical studies and i am only a second year student! And i must say, that this book is definetely the best one, if you have the basic knowledge. If you are a new begginer though, it is very very difficult to start with this book, since the explanations are very detailed and require a certain level of 'scientific way of thinking'. There are many research examples and historical links, something that a student prepearing for an exam doesn't want to waste time on. Some of the explanations are too long and complicated, that one looses the initial idea of what the explanation was about.
On the other hand, if you are quite skilfull in physiology, this is a great book. The pictures are extraordinary and very scematic and understandable!!! You definetely get a lot for your money!
So, in conclusion, if you buy yourself a simpler physiology book and get the basics from there, Medical Physiology is the perfect choise to go on expanding your knowledge with. But don't buy it as your very very first physiology book. It will just confuse and frustrate you.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and most comprehensive physiology text February 26, 2003
No question this is the best physiology text going. Thorough, detailed, but has plenty of summary sections to keep everything organized. Very biophysical in sections, which I suspect many med students won't like, but everything's here you'll need. The sole (minor) problem is that the jpeg files on the CDRom are rather low resolution which makes them look fuzzy in a Powerpoint presentation. Otherwise, superb.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My bible June 21, 2007
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A+ This book spectacularly integrates modern understanding of biochemical and genetic processes with clinically relevant explanations. Medicine cannot avoid the increasing focus towards the molecular and genetic bases of disease, so I disagree with some of the other reviews that there is too much of a molecular focus. If you plan to enter into medicine and be the best physician/researcher you can, get comfortable with this stuff early. That said, if you are not someone who thrives on filling their head up just for the sake of more deeply understanding processes, and instead have limited time and memory and simply need MCAT or USMLE-relevant information, perhaps you are better off getting another book. Because of its multiple contributors, each section manages to go into incredible detail that would not have been possible with a single author. The result is a 1200+ page beast that assumes relative comfort with biochem, genetics, thermodynamics, etc. If you read this book and understand it, you're on your way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book gives real understanding December 8, 2007
This book is a gem. What is great about it is that since it teaches fundamental biophysical mechanisms, I could apply the principles to areas that it does not cover. Specially for the nerve membrane section, I felt that the writing was not only lucid but also sufficiently in-depth to apply the information to real life. While it may not lead to high USMLE scores directly, the book will definitely create a solid base on which to build upon later. More efforts to be comprehensive would lead to a tome like Gray's Anatomy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boron beats Guyton...well, Boron beats EVERYTHING!! September 17, 2008
The basis of everything that happens in our universe is chemistry. The basis of function or disease is biochemistry. Boron makes sure that you understand that right from the start.

This book takes a diferent aproach to physiology, focusing mainly on molecular and chemical interactions betwen cells and, ultimately, organs and systems.

Complex mechanisms regulate the cells response to stmuli and these mechanisms are ultimately responsible of secretion, growth or death. Physiology can be as simple as ¨this hormone stimulates this tissue¨, but without understanding the mechanism, how can we hope to repair it?

Boron takes physiology to new heights, explaining complex machinery ¨this hormone binds to this receptor, changing the protein structure, and enables several cytoplasmic molecules to interact with it, thus activating enzymes to increase sintesis of this factor...¨and it goes on and on.

The amazing comlexity is paired with accurate images that explain everything in the text. This book is the best ilustrated book that I have seen so far in my career. Also the text is easy to read, understand and follow.

To my personal taste, this book achieves te pinnacle of what a medical book, regardless the subject, should be:

heavily ilustrated, well writen and deep molecular oriented presentation.

This is my favoite book, give it a try.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Great Clinical Applications October 5, 2006
I'm a pre-med who purchased this book for personal interest and to supplement my physiology and biology course materials. It is exceptionally detailed and beautifully illustrated. Its very easy to read and less dry than similar physio books (ie Guytons). I also enjoy the various clinical applications which are incorperated largely throughout the text. Something else to mention is that it has a great chapter on gene expression which is becoming exceedingly important in medicine and the basic sciences. Highly up to date and highly recommended as a reference / learning text. Be warned however that my book's binding came completely loose after a very short period of time and required a little TLC on my part and about $10.00 in 10lb test double sided tape. Its good as new now though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars woo!
So far this seems to be a solid textbook and at a price that is no where near anything you would get in a store! Phenomenal price, great text.
Published 16 months ago by Caleb
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome medical book
I bought this book some years ago while i was studyng medicine and let me tell you if you want to understand medical physiology this is a must have book 5 stars!!!
Published on July 6, 2009 by Ruben Zacarias R
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This was my first time buying something online, and it worked out great! I love the book and the price!
Published on October 1, 2008 by Cynthia Vastey
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Physiology Textbook
This physiology textbook is for more advanced readers. It is not for those who are just starting physiology with little background knowledge. Read more
Published on September 2, 2008 by Bryan Mcconomy
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Info
This book is just too good. It is too much info for a 2-3 month course but might make a good reference text for complex questions.
Published on April 9, 2008 by R. Biersbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Boron's Physiology
Great book. Very thorough. Includes the latest findings on molecular biology that affect physiology. A bit dense though. The online link to student consult is extremely useful.
Published on February 9, 2008 by C. Rivas
4.0 out of 5 stars great reference
A fantastic reference for medical and grad students. Not the best for a full read, but great figures and supplements study with great detailed illustrations.
Published on December 7, 2007 by Ashley S. Doane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!!
This is a very complete, easy to understand book. The online access makes it even better. Great source of knowledge. A+++++++++.
Published on May 15, 2007 by L. Kawano
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
This book has a lot off biophysics and so many unnecessary equations for a medical student. This book is probably for those who are interested in doing lab research or need a keen... Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by V K
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I got this book for a vertebrate physiology undergrad class, and covered all the material quite thoroughly. I will be keeping this book around for med school.
Published on January 29, 2007 by Nathan E. Gargus
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