Human physiology is the study of the functions of the human body. That explanation may seem simple enough until you stop to consider just how many functions make up the human body. Now, take another moment to stop and consider all the different parts of those functions that make up the human body. Yeah. Yikes! No wonder the words ‘Human Physiology Courses’ strike fear and panic into medical students.
There are many parts of human physiology. Here is a list of just some of those functions that will need to be learned and mastered by anyone hoping to be successful in the medical community.
1) Physiology Foundations: Generally this will cover the very basic functions of human life. This usually entails cells, embryos, and the homeostasis. You know, all those very basic parts of the very basic parts of the human body. You have to know these things in order to understand all the rest. Many people find this the hardest unit, but it is also the most important section to learn well as it will boost you along to all the other sections.
2) Autonomic Systems: This part is sometimes broken down to even smaller units including, but not limited to:
a) Skeletal muscle- the muscles attached to bones, and not organs.
b) Reflexes- the way reflexes work, and how the messages of different reflexes are sent.
c) Cardiac muscles- the muscles of the heart, and surrounding the heart.
d) Vascular function- this covers the veins of the body and the blood flow.
3) Respiratory Functions: Many think this will include only the lungs. While the lungs are a HUGE portion of the respiratory system of the body, it is not the only part. This unit will also cover air conversion and all the smaller and necessary pieces of respiratory function.
4) Digestive Systems: This covers the spectrum of metabolism and metabolic functions, the renal system, and the endocrinology of energy. It really opens the eyes to how important the fuel for our bodies really is.
5) Reproductive Functions: Usually, the final areas of human physiology covered are the reproductive systems and organs. That is because not only is it one of the most complicated areas, but it tends to involve many of the aforementioned areas of study. This is your maturation class on crack. It is surprising how intricate and well balanced the reproductive system of the human body is.
If you can master these five areas of human function, you will be well on your way to success in the medical field. Memorization will be a huge part of human physiology courses, so learning to intake, implant, and regurgitate this barrage of information successfully will be a huge part of getting through these courses successfully. Be sure to use whatever help you have available to you in your situation, whether it be through a study group, a tutor, a supplemental guide, a website, or an e-book covering the human anatomy and physiology information needed for most courses.
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