June 1, 1984


Author Affiliations

Northwest Center for Medical Education Indiana University School of Medicine Gary


edited by Robert M. Berne and Matthew N. Levy, 1,165 pp, 896 illus, $41.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1983.

JAMA. 1984;251(21):2869. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340450077033

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Drs Robert M. Berne and Matthew N. Levy, with the assistance of 20 distinguished contributors, have completed a one-volume text in physiology.

The book is divided into nine sections beginning with cellular physiology, continuing with the CNS, muscle, blood, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal tract, and the kidney, and ending with the endocrine system. The whole volume contains 55 chapters in 1,165 pages, including the detailed index. Every chapter is subdivided into specific topics and ends with a bibliography. The figures are artistically done and add substantially to the understanding of the different physiological concepts.

The goal of this book, as the editors indicate, is to emphasize the broad concepts in physiology and to deemphasize the complicated details of isolated facts. The authors were able to meet this goal, and this book, therefore, gives the reader a concise overview of current concepts in human physiology. Because background