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Human Physiology, 9th Edition

Author(s): Eileen K. Allen, Glynnis Edwards Cowdery

ISBN: 9789355739681

Edition: 9th

© Year : 2016


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 960

Trim Size : 279 x 216 mm

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Organized around the central theme of homeostasis—how the body meets changing demands while maintaining the internal constancy necessary for all cells and organs to function—HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY helps you appreciate the integrated functioning of the human body. Author Lauralee Sherwood uses clear, straightforward language, analogies, and frequent references to everyday experiences to help you learn and relate to physiology concepts.

  • The central theme of homeostasis helps students understand the relationship among the body systems. Each chapter begins with "Homeostasis Highlights" and ends with "Homeostasis: Chapter in Perspective," both of which help students to see how a particular system contributes to the body as a whole.
  • Concepts, Challenges, and Controversies" boxes expose students to high-interest and relevant information on such diverse topics as environmental impact on the body, stem cell research, acupuncture, strokes, and more. "A Closer Look at Exercise Physiology" boxes increase awareness of the importance of physical fitness and show physiological impacts of exercise.
  • "Check Your Understanding" questions appear after each major section to help students review the main ideas just discussed. Also, at the end of each chapter, "Review Exercises" feature a Blooms-based organization, allowing students to progress from a basic review of key terms and concepts, through quantitative exercises, to a case study that challenges them to apply their knowledge to a patient's specific symptoms, and finally to "Thinking at a Higher Level" questions that encourage them to analyze what they have learned.



1. Introduction to Physiology and Homeostasis.

2. Cell Physiology.

3. The Plasma Membrane and Membrane Potential.

4. Principles of Neural and Hormonal Communication.

5. The Central Nervous System.

6. The Peripheral Nervous System: Afferent Division; Special Senses.

7. The Peripheral Nervous System: Efferent Division.

8. Muscle Physiology.

9. Cardiac Physiology.

10. The Blood Vessels and Blood Pressure.

11. The Blood.

12. Body Defenses.

13. The Respiratory System.

14. The Urinary System.

15. Fluid and Acid–Base Balance.

16. The Digestive System.

17. Energy Balance and Temperature Regulation.

18. Principles of Endocrinology; The Central Endocrine Glands.

19. The Peripheral Endocrine Glands.

20. The Reproductive System.


Lauralee Sherwood

Following graduation from Michigan State University in 1966, Dr. Lauralee Sherwood joined the faculty at West Virginia University, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine. For the past 40 years, Professor Sherwood has taught an average of over 400 students each year in physiology courses for pharmacy, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medical, dental, dental hygiene, nutrition, exercise physiology, and athletic training majors.