Human Physiology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring

Physiology is the science of life, and sets out to understand how living things work and what makes them distinct from the non-living. It considers how our bodies are supplied with energy, how they maintain their internal parameters, the ways in which we gather and process information, the ways we take action, and the creation of new generations.

This Very Short Introduction explores the field of human physiology, considering how the body works, senses, reacts, and defends itself. As Jamie A. Davies shows, human life (and indeed, all life) is sustained by the interplay of a wide variety of physiological mechanisms and principles. He discusses the physiological experiments and research undertaken to understand these processes, and analyses the ethical issues involved. He also considers the evolution of the scientific field itself, showing how enhanced understandings of physiological knowledge can help inform medical research and care.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

About the Author


Jamie Davies, Professor of Experimental Anatomy, Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh Jamie A. Davies is Professor of Experimental Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh. He has published 10 books, including Synthetic Biology: A Very Short Introduction, (OUP, 2018), and Life Unfolding, (OUP, 2014), and over 200 research papers on the cellular mechanisms that create and maintain the bodies of humans and higher animals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198869887
ISBN-10: 0198869886
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions