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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Guyton, Arthur C.
Textbook of medical physiology / Arthur C. Guyton, John E. Hall.—11th ed. p.; cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7216-0240-1
1. Human physiology. 2. Physiology, Pathological. I. Title: Medical physiology. II. Hall, John E. (John Edward) III. Title.
[DNLM: 1. Physiological Processes. QT 104 G992t 2006] QP34.5.G9 2006 612—dc22
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.