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Textbook of Medical Physiology 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0721632568
ISBN-10: 0721632564
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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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Walter Boron, MD, PhD; and Emile Boulpaep, MD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 1 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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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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A masterpiece. One of, if not, the best resource for gaining an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of physiology. Boron and Boulpaep dive into subjects with shrewd precision, helping the student follow each principle from its basic fundamentals to its wider practical applications. I would advise this book more as a reference rather than a chapter-by-chapter reading textbook, only because the sheer volume of information provided is difficult to get through in a normal semester. Believe you me, if time permitted, this would be the only textbook I used for medical physiology. Highly recommended for any physiology medical student or even those taking physiology outside of medical school.
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