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Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th Edition
With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access

By John E. Hall, PhD, Guyton Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

ISBN 978-1-4160-4574-8
Published June 2010

The 12th edition of Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology continues this bestselling title's long tradition as one of the world's favorite physiology textbooks. The immense success of this book is due to its description of complex physiologic principles in language that is easy to read and understand. Now with an improved color art program, thorough updates reflecting today's medicine and science, and accessible online at, this textbook is an excellent source for mastering essential human physiology knowledge.

Key Features

  • Learn and remember vital concepts easily thanks to short, easy-to-read, masterfully edited chapters and a user-friendly full-color design
  • Extra-depth material (anatomical, chemical, clinical and other material) highlighted with gray shading to indicate material that may be useful for further understanding but is not essential to the main subject.

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       Downloadable Image Library
       Integration Links
       Physiology Animations

New to this Edition

  • Visualize physiologic principles clearly with many newly added or enhanced color figures.
  • Discover the newest physiology principles with updated content that reflects the latest advances in molecular biology.
  • Access the complete contents online at

Table of contents:

I        Introduction to physiology: the cell and general physiology

         1:  Functional organization of the human body and control of the 'internal environment

         2:  The cell and its functions

         3:  Genetic control of protein synthesis, cell function, and cell reproduction

II      Membrane physiology, nerve, and muscle

         4:  The DNA code in the cell nucleus is transferred to an RNA code in the cell cytoplasm -- the process of transcription

         5:  Membrane potentials and action potentials

         6:  Contraction of skeletal muscle

         7:  Excitation of skeletal muscle: neuromuscular transmission and excitation-contraction coupling

         8:  Contraction and excitation of smooth muscle

III    The heart

         9:  Cardiac muscle: the heart as a pump and function of the heart muscles

         10: Rhythmical excitatory and conductive system of the heart

         11: The normal electrocardiogram

         12: Electrocardiographic interpretation of cardica muscle and coronary blood flow abnormalities: vectrial analysis

         13: Cardiac arrhythmias and their electrocardiographic interpretation

IV     The circulation

         14:  Overview of the circulation; medical biophysics of pressure, flow, and resistance

         15:  Vascular distensibility and functions of the arterial and venous systems

         16:  The microcirculation and lymphatic system: capillary fluid exchange, interstitial fluid, and lymph flow

         17:  Local and humoral control of tissue flow by the tissues

         18:  Nervous regulation of the circulation, and rapid control of arterial pressure

         19:  Role of the kidneys in long-term control of arterial pressure and in hypertension: the integrated system for aterial pressure regulation

         20:  Cardiac output, venous return, and their regulation

         21:  Muscle blood flow and cardiac output during exercise; the coronary circulation and ischemic heart disease

         22:  Cardiac failure

         23:  Heart valves and heart sounds; dynamics of valvular and congenital heart defects

         24:  Circulatory shock and physiology of its treatment

V       The body fluids and kidneys

         25:  The body fluids compartments: extracellular and intracellular fluids; intersitial fluid and edema

         26:  Urine formation by the kidney

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