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The Different Facets of Human Physiology

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.
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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.