Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology

For more than four decades, Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology has been helping those in the medical field understand human and mammalian physiology. Applauded for its interesting and engagingly written style, Ganong’s concisely covers every important topic without sacrificing depth or readability and delivers more detailed, high-yield information per page than any other similar text or review.

Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and developments in important areas. Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology incorporates examples from clinical medicine to illustrate important physiologic concepts.

More than 600 full-color illustrations
Two types of review questions: end-of-chapter and board-style
NEW! Increased number of clinical cases and flow charts

A classic from the long-running Lange series of medical textbooks has stayed dumbed down in a new edition despite previous reviews pointing this out. I have many previous editions of Ganong. This edition has grown in size (now 8 x 11 inches instead of the more portable books) but contains both less material and less detail. Two previous editions (post Dr. Ganong’s death) are mediocre and this edition remains so.

I have already found an error and I’m only on page 9. Very disappointing so far. I’ve reviewed a couple of the cardiac chapters and found another mistake. Page 550 “basal o2 consumption by the myodcardium is about 2 ml/100gm/min. This value is considerably higher that that of resting skeletal muscle.” Top of page 551 “the blood flow of resting skeletal muscle is low (2-4 ml/100g/min).” ?????

The classic cardiac cycle diagram has been deprived of detail, so that the depiction of isovolumic contraction and relaxation are not clearly shown in relation to cardiac events. There is only a brief discussion of cardiac excitation-contraction physiology in the “excitable muscle” chapter, but not in the cardiac chapters with a relevant discussion of phospholamban and cardiac drugs.

The respiratory section is barely adequate, not more. I’d suggest purchasing the Lange Pulmonary Physiology by Levitzky for a much more thorough section here. The one paragraph clinical descriptor of sleep apnea scarcely does justice to this huge and growing clinical problem.

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