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Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function [Hardcover]

Eric P. Widmaier , Hershel Raff , Kevin T. Strang
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September 3, 2010 0077350014 978-0077350017 12th
Eric Widmaier (Boston University), Hershel Raff (Medical College of Wisconsin), and Kevin Strang (University of Wisconsin) have taken on the challenge of maintaining the strengths and reputation of Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function. Moving beyond the listing of mere facts, it stresses the causal chains of events that constitute the mechanisms of body function. The fundamental purpose of this textbook is to present the principles and facts of human physiology in a format that is suitable for undergraduates regardless of academic background or field of study.

Vander’s Human Physiology, twelfth edition, carries on the tradition of clarity and accuracy, while refining and updating the content to meet the needs of today’s instructors and students. The twelfth edition features a streamlined, clinically oriented focus to the study of human body systems. It has also responded to reviewer requests for more clinical applications. Chapter 19 was new for the eleventh edition, with three complete case studies. The twelfth edition will contain an additional new case study. Additional Physiology Inquiries have been added to many figures throughout the chapters. These critical-thinking questions are just one more opportunity to add to the student’s learning experience.

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Eric P. Widmaier received his Ph.D. in 1984 in Endocrinology from the University of California at San Francisco. His postdoctoral training was in endocrinology and physiology at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, and The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. He is currently Professor of Biology at Boston University.

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 12th edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077350014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077350017
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, written by a great man! June 12, 2012
By J52
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Before you read my review, you must know that the course I took that this book was taught by the professor who wrote the book, Dr. Widmaier himself!

The book is well-written, and easy to understand. It has a clear, and concise structure, that is very very readable. Other textbooks often have run-on sentences that are difficult to follow. Also, the book is written in a vernacular that is appropriate for the level for which it is intended.

I think that this book's diagrams are particularly well-done. Studying the diagrams, as recommended by the instructor, are immensely helpful in gaining a good understanding of the concepts. Additionally, the case studies are helpful, as well as very very interesting! The sections of the book about diseases and treatments for them are very helpful in reinforcing the concepts, and are very interesting.

As a pre-med, this book is great. This is perhaps the best textbook I have had in college. I can definitely see why they use it in medical schools as well, and I can see why it is so well-respected. Dr. Widmaier himself is a very intelligent, witty, and well-spoken man. The great quality of this book reflects the great quality of the man himself.

I highly recommend this book, and I myself am keeping it for medical school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The writing is awful and references are made too often December 15, 2013
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I Am on chapter 4 of this book and I have read many biology books. I find the authors are very wordy and they tend to use the words like "respectively "and referring to"the latter" quite often which causes you to have to stop reading, back up and realize which item the author said last. The authors also refer to tables in other chapters which is annoying because if I am in an entirely different chapter, I don't want to have to go back 20 pages to see a table that has 2 sentences on it. Also, The images and diagrams are not impressive. Many lack terms and features of what the text is saying. Luckily I have covered most of this information before so I could fill in the blanks myself, if this was my first Physiology book I can imagine being very confused.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text February 24, 2014
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I love the explanations in this text, very easy to understand. Great graphics, good chapter summaries and study questions. My favorite are the clinical correlates at the end of chapter. This book is a keeper.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super helpful book! December 5, 2012
By Olive
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This book was required for my physiology classes, and I used it thoroughly to prep for the exams. Also, I used this book to prep for the bio section of the MCAT-- super helpful, scored a 14 in the actual bio section. If you understand this book well, you will likely do well on the physiology section of the bio section of the MCAT.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars physio book... December 18, 2011
By lolajae
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Its a text book so what can I say! The shipping was incredibly fast and it was packaged well. The contents of this paperback textbook was exactly like that of the hardcover book. I needed it for a 300 level physiology course, I got an 'A'. So all is well! I recommend this book and this seller to anyone! 5 stars :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vander's Human Physiology April 19, 2011
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Vander's Human Physiology is a stand out in its field. It provides the best process-oriented descriptions of the functions of life. While much more needs to be said about the nature and structure of metabolic pathways in executing life functions, Vander's provides the best model-based approach for an introductory book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Stock February 15, 2014
By Emily
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I ordered this book, but found out it was out of stock a week later. Money was easily and quickly refunded. Just an inconvenience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book November 18, 2013
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It was a good textbook for the most part. I didn't use it too much to be honest because my professor always added a lot of extra info on her powerpoint slides, but it certainly helped to read the book to understand the overall theme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not yet read
This is a prescribed book for the Physiology class, So it is detailed, has a lot of information and takes a LOT of reading !!
Published 9 months ago by Treverly
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's see
First review, so I'll keep it simply and short. Some pages were bent inward than expected, but overall, the book is doing it's job. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ingrid alvarado
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Excellent medical illustrations, most in color.
Clearly written.
Case studies and quizzes are great
ways to clarify and analyze what I've
already studied.
Published 10 months ago by Russell Maxson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, easy to read and understand.
I find this book really helpful. Although you need to have fresh memories about biology, chemistry to understand to book properly.
Published 10 months ago by Olga Tikhonova
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
I just started Physiology, but so far I love this book! It is easy to read and understand. It is not dense with technical terms but explains each one with easy to comprehend... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Just a little disappointing that the book cover corner was damaged and was not indicated in the description otherwise the book is acceptable
Published 10 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed for Medical Physiology Course
Book came in the condition promised. Easy to read and would recommend this book to anyone taken a physiology course.
Published 11 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and easy to follow
I studied physiology as an undergrad and then again as a medical student more than 15 years ago. I bought the ipad kindle edition of this book to leisurely review basic physiology. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wuzzdaddy
3.0 out of 5 stars metaphysical bliss achieved
this text has made it possible to make the best toast, ever! I have learned to speak with animals and learn their secrets.
Published 12 months ago by Michael
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