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February 11, 1961

Medical Physiology and Biophysics

JAMA. 1961;175(6):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040060108048

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The title of this new edition of what was formerly Howell's Textbook of Physiology is appropriate, because physiology is becoming progressively more closely associated with the other basic sciences. Over 20 authors (physiologists, biophysicists, anatomists, biologists, biochemists, and physicians) contributed to this volume. The sections on the physiology of reproduction and the endocrine system have been extensively revised; many chapters have been rewritten; and two chapters, one on the biophysics of the cell membrane and one on the neurophysiology of emotion and motivation, have been added. The three chapters which deal with nutrition and energy transformations in muscle and nerve cells have been omitted. More pathological physiology is presented in this edition whenever a clinical entity better explains a physiological concept or mechanism. Many new diagrams and graphs have been added.

This is an excellent basic textbook of physiology for medical students. It also serves as a reliable, current reference

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