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March 6, 1987

Textbook of Medical Physiology

JAMA. 1987;257(9):1247-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390090119042

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Dr Arthur C. Guyton's Textbook of Medical Physiology is considered by many freshman medical students to be the text that meets all their needs in studying and learning the essentials in human physiology.

The seventh edition is very similar to the sixth edition. The topic sequence is similar, as well as most of the tables and figures. Even the numbers of the different chapters are identical to those of the previous edition. In some instances, various topics have been rearranged within a chapter for didactic reasons. For example, in the presentation of the renal mechanism for controlling glomerular filtration and excretion and dilution in chapter 35 in the seventh edition, autoregulation of glomerular filtration and blood flow are the first topics discussed, whereas in the sixth edition these topics are at the end of the chapter. The only new addition is the last section, which deals with sports physiology.