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Many large, comprehensive textbooks of physiology are available. The following are among the best that have been revised in the last 10 years:

Berne RM, Levy MN (editors): Physiology, 3rd ed. Mosby, 1993.

Guyton AC, Hall JE: Textbook of Medical Physiology, 10th ed. Saunders, 2000.

Johnson LR (editor): Essential Medical Physiology, Raven Press, 1992.

McPhee, Lingappa, and Ganong have recently published the fourth edition of a pathophysiology text designed to introduce students to clinical medicine:

McPhee SJ, Lingappa VR, Ganong WF: Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2003.

An outstanding cell physiology text is:

Alberts B et al: Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th ed. Garland, 2002.

A standard anatomy reference is:

Bannister CH et al (editors): Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery, 38th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.

References for the invaluable imaging techniques that have become a key part of modern physiology and medicine include:

Haaga JR, Alfidi RJ (editors): Computed Tomography of the Whole Body, 2nd ed. Mosby, 1988.

Von Schultress GR: Clinical Positron Emission Tomography. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.

Excellent summaries of current research on selected aspects of physiology can be found in the news and views section of Nature and the Perspectives that appear in Science. Summary articles and various types of valuable reviews appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. These include articles that review current topics in physiology and biochemistry with the aim of providing up-to-date information for practicing physicians. There are valuable short reviews in News in Physiological Sciences, published by the International Union of Physiological Sciences and the American Physiological Society. The most pertinent serial review publications are Physiological Reviews, Pharmacological Reviews, Annual Review of Physiology, and other volumes of the Annual Reviews series. The Handbook of Physiology, published by Oxford University Press, New York, has separate volumes that cover all aspects of physiology. The articles in the Handbook are valuable but extremely detailed reviews.

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