Medical Physiology: The Big Picture
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The editors were Michael Weitz, Susan Kelly, and Karen Davis.
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The index was prepared by Alexandra Nickerson.
The text designer was Alan Barnett; the cover designer was Elizabeth Pisacreta.
The illustrator was Matt Chansky.
Cover image: Computer artwork of a nerve cell, also called a neuron. Neurons are responsible for passing information around the central nervous system (CNS) and from the CNS to the rest of the body. The nerve cell comprises a nerve cell body (center) surrounded by numerous extensions called dendrites, which collect information from other nerve cells or from sensory cells. Each neuron has one process called an axon through which information passes to other cells, including other nerve cells and muscle fibers.
Credit: Alfred Pasieka/Photo Researchers, Inc.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Kibble, Jonathan David.
The big picture : medical physiology/by Jonathan David Kibble, Colby Ray Halsey.
p. ; cm.
ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148567-8 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Human physiology. 2. Human physiology–Examinations, questions, etc. I. Halsey, Colby Ray. II. Title. III. Title: Medical physiology.
[DNLM: 1. Physiological Processes–Examination Questions. QT 18.2 K46b 2009]
International Edition: ISBN 978-0-07-164005-3; MHID 0-07-164005-3
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