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Edited by Gillian Pocock, Christopher D Richards. Published by Oxford University Press, 2004, softcover, £35.00 (paperback) £69.95 (hardback), pp 714. ISBN 0198585276
For a simply written introduction to physiology, this addition to the Oxford core texts covers a lot of ground. It takes the reader from virtual biological ignorance to an appreciation of the workings of life, particularly as they relate to the human model. Human physiology then goes further using physiological norms to explain pathological conditions as the due consequence of failure of the main body systems to function in their normal or regular way. …