Our Marvelous Bodies: An Introduction to the Physiology of by Gary F. Merrill

By Gary F. Merrill

Our remarkable our bodies offers a special viewpoint at the constitution, functionality, and care of the main structures of the human physique. in contrast to different texts that use a strictly clinical process, physiologist Gary F. Merrill relays clinical evidence along own tales that aid scholars relate to and practice the information.

Readers study the fundamentals of suggestions keep an eye on platforms, homeostasis, and physiological gradients. those rules practice to an knowing of the body’s functioning lower than optimum, fit stipulations, they usually offer perception into states of acute and persistent ailment. Separate chapters are dedicated to all the body’s platforms intimately: frightened, endocrine, cardiovascular, breathing, renal, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and immune. via a sequence of real-life examples, the e-book additionally exhibits the significance of holding cautious clinical documents for health and wellbeing care execs, scientists, and sufferers alike.

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Nerve axons can be myelinated or nonmyelinated. Myelin is an insulationlike fatty sheath that encases the axon but is disrupted at regular intervals along 18 UNDERSTANDING THE MAMMALIAN NERVOUS SYSTEM 19 its length. Myelinated nerves conduct action potentials with greater velocity than do nonmyelinated axons. This is because the physiological mechanisms that account for conduction in a myelinated neuron occur only at the internodes (the space between adjacent myelinated regions of the axon, which are called nodes).

Many steroidal hormones have the same basic molecular structure as cholesterol and vitamin D.

The entire sequence of reflex events is a highly coordinated, marvelous display involving sensory and motor nerves, neurotransmitters, and their effectors. Under normal conditions, the end result is swallowing of a bolus of food and absence of choking. The process can be frustrated by the careless eating of food and concurrent participation in uncontrolled conversation, exercise activities, and so forth. Careless interference with the swallowing reflex can result in accidental choking and even death.

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