Our Marvelous Bodies: An Introduction to the Physiology of Human Health

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LIST OF TABLES
1.1Examples in human physiologyg and contraction where structure is related to function2
1.2Basic concepts of the physiology of human health16
2.1Summary of the various nervous systems, where they are located, and what they do20
2.2Selected classes of chemical neurotransmitters and examples of each27
3.1Selected endocrine glands, the hormones they produce and release, and some of their physiological functions38
3.2Chemical classification of selected hormones39
3.3Short list of various physiological growth factors49
4.1Phases of the mammalian cardiac cycle61
4.2Segmental arrangement and function of mammalian blood vessels65
4.3Selected activities that affect heart rate in mammals68
5.1Structures of the conducting and respiratory zones of the mammalian respiratory system79
5.2Exchange and transport of respiratory gases between lungs, blood, and tissues85
5.3Central respiratory control centers and their functions88
5.4Acidity/alkalinity of fluids and body compartments in mammals90
5.5Respiratory and renal conditions that lead to imbalances in physiological acid-base homeostasis in mammals91
7.1Location and function of sphincters in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract111
7.2Properties of mucus that enable it to protect and lubricate116
7.3Sequence of events leading to glandular secretions in the GI tract117

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Figures ix
  • List of Tables xi
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: The Foundation 1
  • 2: Understanding the Mammalian Nervous Ystem 18
  • 3: The Endocrine System and Physiological Communication 35
  • 4: The Cardiovascular System and the Blood 53
  • 5: Health and the Respiratory System 76
  • 6: Kidneys and Renal Physiology 94
  • 7: The Gastrointestinal System 109
  • 8: The Reproductive System 128
  • 9: The Immune System 138
  • 10: Muscle Function 151
  • 11: Integrated Physiological Responses 162
  • 12: For the Record 170
  • Glossary 185
  • Notes and Suggested Reading 199
  • Index 209
  • About the Author 221
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