July 3, 1991

Best and Taylor's Physiological Basis of Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

Indiana University School of Medicine Gary

Indiana University School of Medicine Gary


edited by John B. West, 12th ed, 1170 pp, with illus, $54, ISBN 0-683-08947-1, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1991.

JAMA. 1991;266(1):130. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470010134049

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The 12th edition of Best and Taylor's Physiological Basis of Medical Practice is again edited by Dr John B. West, professor of physiology and medicine, University of California, San Diego. This edition is shorter than the previous edition by 170 pages (13%).

The whole textbook is more accessible. The gastrointestinal section has been completely rewritten by the new editor, Stephen J. Pandol, MD. Parts of other sections are totally or partially rewritten or improved, such as those on respiration, properties and functions of cell membranes, excitation and contraction of skeletal muscle, the cardiovascular system, and the endocrine system. This edition continues to focus on the clinical relevance of physiology without neglecting the importance of presenting in-depth relevant scientific information.

The text has nine sections, including the above-mentioned and general physiological processes, blood, body fluids and renal function, metabolism, and neurophysiology. Every section is subdivided into several chapters, and the whole