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Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems, 3rd Edition

  • Lauralee Sherwood
  • Christopher Ward
  • Steve Iscoe
  • ISBN-10: 0176532099
  • ISBN-13: 9780176532093
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Organized around the central theme of homeostasis, the third Canadian edition of Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems aims to support student understanding of how the mechanisms of body systems and physiological concepts are linked together. Updated to include the very latest Canadian and International physiological research, statistics, and current and relevant examples of the body’s function in diseases, exercise, and health, this text is designed to meet the needs of Canadian students and instructors in core physiology programs, as well as related programs such as kinesiology, life science, and nursing. New to the third edition are Check Your Understanding questions at the end of each major section, Further Reading lists which highlight relevant research articles from international journals, Chapter Terminology list of relevant key terms at the end of each chapter, and three Integration of Human Physiology Purple Pages sections that highlight the normal physiological responses to stimuli, such as movement, altitude, and exercise.


  • New: Check your Understanding checkpoints throughout

  • Expanded cell basics appendix

  • Harmonized art program with over 280 revised figures

About the Author

Lauralee Sherwood

Following graduation from Michigan State University in 1966, Dr. Lauralee Sherwood joined the faculty at West Virginia University, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine. For the past 40 years, Professor Sherwood has taught an average of over 400 students each year in physiology courses for pharmacy, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, medical, dental, dental hygiene, nutrition, exercise physiology, and athletic training majors. She has authored three physiology textbooks: HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY: FROM CELLS TO SYSTEMS, FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, and ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY: FROM GENES TO ORGANISMS, all published by Cengage Learning/Brooks/Cole. Dr. Sherwood has received numerous teaching awards, including an Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, a Golden Key National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award, two listings in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the Dean's Award of Excellence in Education.

Christopher Ward

An Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Dr. Ward has taken a leadership role in the development of innovative teaching methodologies to enhance undergraduate, graduate and medical student learning. He is credited with the launch of online courses and blended learning initiatives, and is part of a curricular redesign team responsible for pioneering facilitated small group learning at Queen’s Faculty of Medicine. A cardiac physiologist, Dr. Ward also maintains an active laboratory and graduate research team that focuses on studying the electrical activity of the heart and understanding how ion channel function can be modulated by disease states.

Steve Iscoe

Prior to retirement in 2014, Dr. Iscoe was a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University where he taught in the introductory human physiology course for 37 years. His primary research interest was the effects of respiratory loads on cardiac and diaphragmatic function, particularly how respiratory loads cause cardiac failure. Ancillary interests included how obstructive sleep apnea, a common medical condition, increases blood coagulability, improving the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning, and using skeletal troponin I, a protein, as a biomarker of skeletal muscle injury.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Foundation of Physiology
Chapter 2: Cell Physiology
Chapter 3: The Central Nervous System
Chapter 4: The Peripheral Nervous System: Sensory, Autonomic, Somatic
Chapter 5: Principles of Endocrinology; The Central Endocrine Glands
Chapter 6: Muscle Physiology
Chapter 7: Cardiac Physiology
Chapter 8: Vascular Physiology
Chapter 9: The Blood
Chapter 10: Body Defenses
Chapter 11: The Respiratory System
Chapter 12: The Urinary System
Chapter 13: Fluid and Acid- Base Balance
Chapter 14: The Digestive System
Chapter 15: Energy Balance and Temperature Regulation
Chapter 16: The Endocrine Glands
Chapter 17: The Reproductive System
Appendix A: Système Internationale/Physiological Measurements
Appendix B: A Review of Chemical Principles
Appendix C: Storage, Replication, and Expression of Genetic Information
Appendix D: Principles of Quantitative Reasoning
Appendix E: Online References to Exercise Physiology
Appendix F: Answers to End-of-Chapter Objective Questions, Quantitative Exercises, Points to Ponder, and Clinical Considerations
Appendix G: Reference Values for Commonly Measured Variables in Blood and Commonly Measured Cardiorespiratory Variables
Appendix H: A Deeper Look into Chapter 11: The Respiratory System

New to this edition

  • Updated references to Canadian and international research
  • Increased coverage on fundamentals of physiology and cellular physiology
  • Expanded coverage of cellular respiration
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All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources for Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems, Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176601376 | ISBN-13: 9780176601379)

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