Quantitative Human Physiology

Quantitative Human Physiology, 1st Edition

An Introduction

Quantitative Human Physiology, 1st Edition,Joseph Feher,ISBN9780123821645


Academic Press



This text provides the engineering student with a basic understanding of physiological principles with an emphasis on quantitative aspects. It teaches the language of physiology, both qualitative and quantitative, and highlights how component behavior affects system behavior.

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Key Features

  • A quantitative approach that includes physical and chemical principles
  • An integrated approach from first principles, integrating anatomy, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. Illustration program reinforces the integrated nature of physiological systems
  • Pedagogically rich, including chapter objectives, chapter summaries, large number of illustrations, and short chapters suitable for single lectures
  • Clinical applications relevant to the biomedical engineering student (TENS, cochlear implants, blood substitutes, etc.)
  • Problem sets provide opportunity for practice and assessment throughout the course.


Quantitative Human Physiology: An Introduction presents a course in quantitative physiology developed for undergraduate students of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. The text covers all the elements of physiology in nine units: (1) physical and chemical foundations; (2) cell physiology; (3) excitable tissue physiology; (4) neurophysiology; (5) cardiovascular physiology; (6) respiratory physiology; (7) renal physiology; (8) gastrointestinal physiology; and (9) endocrinology. The text makes extensive use of mathematics at the level of calculus and elementary differential equations. Examples and problem sets are provided to facilitate quantitative and analytic understanding, while the clinical applications scattered throughout the text illustrate the rationale behind the topics discussed. This text is written for students with no knowledge of physiology but with a solid background in calculus with elementary differential equations. The text is also useful for instructors with less time; each chapter is intended to be a single lecture and can be read in a single sitting.


undergraduate bioengineering students

Joseph Feher

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Quantitative Human Physiology, 1st Edition

Unit 1; Physical and Chemical Foundations of Physiology

Unit 2; Membranes, Transport and Metabolism

Unit 3; Physiology of Excitable Cells

Unit 4; The Nervous System

Unit 5; The Cardiovasular System

Unit 6; Respiratory Physiology

Unit 7; Renal Physiology

Unit 8; Gastrointestinal Physiology

Unit 9: Endocrine Physiology

Quotes and reviews

".. in terms of what is out there this book provides the best mix I have seen thus far of balancing the two aspects of "quantitative" "physiology" - Professor Sean Collins at University of Massachusetts - Lowell


"It would be quite useful for engineers who want to ply their trade in the physiological sciences.....  I have been looking for this kind of book for a long time. I am going to show it also to more of my mathematical colleagues. I am still evaluating it and reading it myself-but I love the approach. The author needs to be congratulated for a masterpiece of a work." - Professor Lawrence Basso, MD, Stanford University


"This book is long-overdue for combined teaching of a course that moves from cellular to systems physiology that truly integrates the quantitation with the physiology. It is an extremely easily read book that covers all aspects of physiology, from the mathematical concepts that underlie how human physiology functions to medically-related diseases and conditions, as well as current medical treatments. I plan to utilize this book for upper level undergraduate biomedical engineering students in sensory and quantitative physiology, as well as for advanced graduate students in a pharmacological and physiological PhD program in medical school, with appropriate emphasis from the book for each student group according to their needs and abilities." - Amy B. Harkins, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University


“Complements to Dr. Feher-the book is excellent and the students are benefiting.” - Dr. David Reinkensmeyer, University of California, Irvine


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