This book, in my opinion, is a true masterpiece. How the authors manage to stay abreast of contemporary research, and condense it into such a concise and insightful presentation is staggering to me.
It *is* a complicated book, designed for a medical student or advanced/graduate biology audience, so the reviews complaining about the level of presentation should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, the complexity of the underlying material is presented brilliantly, and after reading through a section, it is remarkable how the authors make such material seem obvious. As I noted, the authors clearly have spent a lot of time and effort in the literature, and condensing this down into the material of the book. So you will not run into (as I have not infrequently seen) books reflecting material that has been invalidated or modified due to research.
Each of the main physiological organ systems are covered in depth, along with a very well done (if not extensive) summary of cellular physiology, metabolism, and biology. Topics are broken down into manageable pieces, and key points are emphasized. This "building block" approach to presentation is one of the reasons it ultimately seems so clear and obvious. The material heavily utilizes well-thought out graphics and summary tables, which clearly emphasize point. The graphics in my mind are a particularly strong point of this book.
I have yet to investigate the online support for the book, so I cannot provide a review with respect to this aspect.
Finally, I'd like to point out in these days of grotesque textbook price inflation (currently multiples of the inflation rate) and monopolistic abuses by textbook companies, this book is a remarkable deal. It is a very large-scope textbook, but is a truly amazing deal for less than $100. Standard textbooks of far inferior nature, but of similar ambition, will run $200-300 or more.
This probably sounds like an obsequious review or a review by an insider, but this is one of my favorite books, and I cannot recommend it high enough. If you need one physiology book, this one is it.
- Hardcover: 1337 pages
- Publisher: W B Saunders Co; 2 edition (7 November 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416031154
- ISBN-13: 978-1416031154
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 5.7 x 28.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 3.3 Kg
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