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New York/Stuttgart, October 2010 — Physiology is a highly integrative science based on an understanding of physics, chemistry, and cell biology. Thieme's Fundamentals of Medical Physiology provides a concise, in-depth introduction by organ system to the principles of body function and uses emphasis on general models and clinical cases to foster mastery of these principles.

Specifically designed for first and second-year medical students, this innovative text—ideal as a study aid for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)—provides the tools needed to master and apply physiology to medical practice.

"I have...tried to create a text that would [not only] engage students in learning the material but also would provide students with opportunities to learn to use the knowledge gained in solving real problems," explained author Joel Michael, MD, PhD.

This textbook places an emphasis on general models that underlie physiologic mechanisms in order to strengthen the reader's understanding of the basic principles of physiology. Highly practical cases in each section—plus access via a scratch-off code to all the cases in the book as well as additional cases online at — test and reinforce mastery of key physiologic concepts. A comprehensive case analysis with "cause and effect" diagrams reviews in detail the physiology behind each case.

"Some of the difficulties that students encounter arise from learning resources, such as textbooks, that do not adequately support their learning," said Dr. Michael. "It is my hope that this text will help with [this problem] and that students using it will find it at least somewhat easier to master medical physiology."


About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a privately held scientific and medical publishing house employing more than 950 people and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Stuttgart and three other locations in Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in medical and scientific publishing. Today, Thieme is the market leading publisher of neurosurgical content and holds strong market positions in orthopedics, radiology, anatomy and chemistry, among other specialties. Thieme publishes 137 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products includeThieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme visit


Bettina Ziegler, Public Relations and Press Office, Thieme Publishing Group, +49-711-8931-280, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camille Beck, Public Relations, Thieme Publishers New York, +1-212-584-4699, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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