Now in its revised, updated, and expanded Second Edition, Essential Medical Physiology equips students with the strong background in physiology required for medical practice or for further study in the biomedical sciences. This uniquely user-friendly textbook provides thorough, eminently readable treatments of the fundamental principles of general and organ system-specific physiology and the complexities of integrative physiology.The Second Edition features a new section on neurophysiology and a new concluding section on integrative physiology, including chapters on exercise, thermal regulation, and shock and heart failure. The sections on cardiovascular and respiratory physiology have been completely rewritten. The Second Edition's presentation is enhanced by 400 new or revised illustrations and many new pedagogic features, including summaries of key concepts at the beginning of each chapter and specially highlighted notes on the clinical relevance of the material. A separate book containing study questions and answers accompanies the text.