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Guyton and Halls Textbook of Medical Physiology

Medical students who have used Guyton and HallsĀ  “Textbook of Medical Physiology” remark that it is a clear and engaging textbook.

Don’t fret over the 1,104 pages. Once you start reading this book as a first year medical student, you will find that it’s easy to read (almost as if you’re listening to a lecture), has short chapters, clinical vignettes, and summary tables.

Important basic concepts are also repeated continuously, so that you don’t misunderstand a new concept because you forgot an old one. Some medical students refer to it endearingly a “physiology for dummies.”

Important features of this book include: access to the full text and other valuable features online via the

STUDENT CONSULT website. The STUDENT CONSULT website is also excellent because it allows you to download text onto your handheld device, access to the full text online, images, case studies, USMLE style questions, and online note-taking.

This book is probably not for the student who can memorize everything in one go. The Myers-Briggs Sensing personality type might find this book boring, as it can be repetitious. On the other hand, this rehashing of old concepts in each chapter makes it great for M-B Intuitive personality types.

Guyton and Hall’s Textbook of Physiology


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