A variety of pedagogical aids are utilized:
1. Bold-faced key terms throughout each chapter. Clinical terms are designated by bold-faced italics.
2. The illustration program is described earlier in the preface.
3. Summary tables. We have increased the number of reference and summary tables in this edition. Some summarize small or moderate amounts of information (for example, the summary of the major hormones influencing growth in Table 18-6), whereas others bring together large amounts of information that may be scattered throughout the book (for example, the reference figure of liver functions in Chapter 17). In several places, mini-glossaries are included as reference tables in the text (for example, the list of immune-system cells and chemical mediators in Chapter 20). Because the tables complement the figures, these two learning aids taken
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together provide a rapid means of reviewing the most important material in a chapter.
4. End-of-section or chapter study aids a. Extensive summaries in outline form b. Key-term lists of all bold-faced words in the section/chapter (excluding the clinical terms)
c. Comprehensive review questions in essay format. These review questions, in essence, constitute a complete list of learning objectives.
d. Clinical term lists of all bold-face italicized words in the chapter. This serves to remind the student of how the physiology has been applied to clinical examples in the chapter.
e. Thought questions that challenge the student to go beyond the memorization of facts to solve problems, often presented as case histories or experiments. Complete Answers to Thought Questions are given in Appendix A.
The chapter summaries, key-term definition lists, and review questions appear at the ends of the sections in those chapters that are broken into sections. These aids appear at the ends of nonsectioned chapters. Clinical term lists and thought questions are always at the ends of chapters.
5. A very extensive glossary, with pronunciation guides, is provided in Appendix B.
6. Appendixes C and D present, respectively, English-metric interconversions and Electrophysiology equations. Appendix E is an outline index of exercise physiology.
7. A complete alphabetized list of all abbreviations used in the text is given on the endpapers (the insides of the book's covers).
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.