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Comprehensive Human Physiology: From Cellular Mechanisms to Integration

Panayotis G. Iatridis, MD
JAMA. 1996;276(24):1991-1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540240069037.
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Comprehensive Human Physiology, edited by Greger and Windhorst, is an impressive addition to the human physiology textbooks now available. The editors have made an extra effort to produce a complete treatise of physiological concepts and content. The chapter authors are internationally known physiologists.

The editors' goal was not merely to add another physiology text but rather to provide a textbook that incorporates recent developments in the field. It is clear that new knowledge in physiology requires revision of concepts, especially at the molecular and cellular level. Another need is to better understand principles in physiology as an integrated holon. As the editors indicate in their preface, the goal of the physiologist is "to understand how cells are coordinated to function as an organ, how organs cooperate in systems, and finally, how systems function as an integrated mechanism in the somatomotor and neurovegetative behavior of the whole organism when adapting to


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