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Human Physiology 13th Edition

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ISBN-13: 860-1421880138
ISBN-10: 0073403628
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About the Author

Stuart Fox is a professor at Pierce College in Los Angeles.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Medical Physiology.  In addition to his work on this text, he is the co-author of Concepts of Human A&P, Synopsis of Anatomy & Physiology, several lab manuals, and numerous research papers. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 13 edition (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073403628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073403625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am doing pre-reqs for nursing school. Of course physiology is a required course. I have to say at first I absolutely hated this book. I am new to sciences and I found this book NOT to be intended for the science neophyte. HOWEVER, this book was assigned reading so I was forced to contend with it. I just finished physio and I got an A for the course. I found that the key to understanding this expensive book was through my purchase of a very inexpensive book which gave me the best OVERVIEW of the fundamentals of physiology. That book is the 2009 Edition of "Campbell's Physiology Notes" by John Campbell. YOU must get the 2009 edition. It is listed here at amazon but Amazon says it is currently unavailable when in fact this is a brand new book. There is a way to get this book. Just google the words "campbellteaching and UK" and order the book directly from campbell's site.

I wrote a review of the Campbell book here at amazon at this link: www.amazon.com/Campbells-Physiology-Notes-John-Campbell/dp/0955379725/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242515613&sr=8-3

If you want to see what I mean about how John Campbell's 2009 inexpensive book gets you through this Fox textbook: just try to read the section on Osmosis in this book and then go to youtube and watch John Campbell's video explanation of osmosis. He has several videos at youtube but watch the Osmosis one. THIS GUY IS AMAZING! If you need to understand some important physio concepts this is the guy to watch and his book is a great inexpensive book to own. AFter watching that youtube video of John Campbell's I bought his entire DVD collection.

I suggest you watch the video: just google the words "campbellteaching and youtube" and watch his video on Osmosis.
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I am almost done using this textbook for my intro physiology class. I have been very pleased with the overall readability and simplicity of the book. Fox explains things clearly and with just the right amount of detail (for an intro course). There are a few areas here and there that were a bit confusing, and my professor pointed out a few errors, but no text book is perfect.

Also, if this book is required for a class, you can probably get a way with using one of the older editions as the changes from edition to edition are minimal (renumbering or reordering graphs, or sometimes just changing the colors of the graphs!). In my class students used everything from the 11th edition to the 9th edition. The international edition is identical to the US one, not to mention cheaper and lighter (it's softcover).
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This is the textbook used in my bioengineering physiology class, and overall, it thus a great job of covering the basics of physiology without going too deep into the details. You get a nice view of the big picture and even get a lot of help understanding the concepts because of all the figures and images that they have included in this book. This would thus be an appropriate textbook if you're teaching yourself physiology as it applies to humans.

If you're looking for something that goes into more detail, more appropriate for a medical or professional bookshelf, I highly suggest checking out Guyton and Hall's Textbook of Medical Physiology. It is a book that will certainly be a great addition to the bookshelf of physicians and bioengineers alike.
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A very readable text for students, I have taught out of this textbook for years. There are some errors in the end-of chapter questions and a new edition comes out about every 18 months, making it really pricey for students to keep purchasing a newer, and more $$ edition! The primary difference between editions seems to be the image on the cover and the artwork coloration. The Physiology of our human body doesn't change significantly every 18 months! Always check with your professor and see if an older edition will do - then buy the older, less expensive edition from Amazon!
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One of the best textbooks I have purchased; very easy to read, succint, and well-written. However, McGraw-Hill falsely advertises about the online learning tools such as online quizzes, etc. You can spend $132.00 but you are NOT getting the online learning tools as they said!
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This book was "required" for my physiology class. I used it for the first month of class, but I can't say that it helped in the slightest. After the first test, I never opened the book again (and I still got an A in the class).
The problem is, it's written as if the reader already knows what it's talking about. It's not written well for people just learning and trying to understand.
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Maybe it was just a great class, entertaining and knowledgeable professor (Dr. L. G. Thouin at Pierce College), or the subject matter, but I think the presentation of information, layout, and illustrations in the text helped keep me excited, motivated, and on top of a complex subject.
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I love this book. It was very helpful. The book was self explained. I was able to understand the material without using other source. I love to rent books on amazon because I don't want to have all these text books around after the semester is over. It is also cheaper to rent. I recommend renting text books if you are a student. Ask your instructor first because some books require an access code. If so then you will want to buy a new book because the code is not cheap when you have to pay for it on it's own.
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