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BRS Physiology (Board Review Series) 7th Edition

BRS Physiology (Board Review Series) 7th Edition PDF

Author: Linda S. Costanzo Ph.D.

Publisher: LWW


Publish Date: April 21, 2018

ISBN-10: 1496367618

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The subject matter of physiology is the foundation of the practice of medicine, and a firm grasp of its principles is essential for the physician. This book is intended to aid the student preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1. It is a concise review of key physiologic principles and is intended to help the student recall material taught during the first and second years of medical school. It is not intended to substitute for comprehensive textbooks or for course syllabi, although the student may find it a useful adjunct to physiology and pathophysiology courses.

The material is organized by organ system into seven chapters. The first chapter reviews general principles of cellular physiology. The remaining six chapters review the major organ systems—neurophysiology, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and acid–base, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology.

Difficult concepts are explained stepwise, concisely, and clearly, with appropriate illustrative examples and sample problems. Numerous clinical correlations are included so that the student can understand physiology in relation to medicine. An integrative approach is used, when possible, to demonstrate how the organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis. More than 130 full-color illustrations and flow diagrams and more than 50 tables help the student visualize the material quickly and aid in long-term retention. Appendices contain “Key Physiology Topics for USMLE Step 1,” “Key Physiology Equations for USMLE Step 1,” and “Normal Blood Values.” Questions reflecting the content and format of USMLE Step 1 are included at the end of each chapter and in a Comprehensive Examination at the end of the book. These questions, many with clinical relevance, require problem-solving skills rather than straight recall. Clear, concise explanations accompany the questions and guide the student through the correct steps of reasoning.

The questions can be used as a pretest to identify areas of weakness or as a posttest to determine mastery. Special attention should be given to the Comprehensive Examination, because its questions integrate several areas of physiology and related concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology.

New to this edition:

Addition of new full-color figures Updated organization and text Expanded coverage of neurophysiology, and respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology Addition of new multi-step questions Best of luck in your preparation for USMLE Step 1! Linda S. Costanzo, Ph.D


It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Board Review Series and to work with the staff at Wolters Kluwer. Crystal Taylor and Andrea Vosburgh provided expert editorial assistance. My sincere thanks to students in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, who have provided so many helpful suggestions for BRS Physiology. Thanks also to the many students from other medical schools who have taken the time to write to me about their experiences with this book. Linda S. Costanzo, Ph.D.

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