Medicine And Books

Best books in medical physiology

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:885
  1. A H Short, senior lecturer
  1. department of physiology and pharmacology, University of Nottingham

    Physiology is the foundation for interpreting signs, symptoms, and disorders, and therefore of concern both to undergraduates and to established practitioners. Yet it has budded off so many new sciences that its common culture is becoming hard to comprehend, and medical people are now a vanishing minority in every branch of physiology. This guide is intended to help at two levels.

    The more general interest is shared by undergraduate medical sciences students and by candidates for part 1 postgraduate examinations. These will seldom want great amounts of evidence for the currently received views of the working of the body. What they want is a story made coherent enough for them to be able to reinvent it plausibly. The more ambitious will read in the major texts, but many will prefer a shorter work.

    For specialists, the major texts give an overview, while reference works, review series, and journals supply most of the required physiological basis, and monograph introdctory chapters the rest.

    Reference works and major texts

    Such works give an authoritative account, but take such effort to produce that they may not be up to date when they appear; it is therefore …

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