The third edition of Physiology of Domestic Animals is comprehensively revised to encompass recent progress in animal physiology. In the previous editions, the layout and structure were optimized to facilitate the learning process, and these features are kept and further developed in the third edition. The book contains more than 600 color illustrations, of which about 140 are new or modified, nearly 200 clinical examples, about 2 000 questions, and more than 3 000 short, clarifying statements placed in the margins. The sample pages below explain the intended functions of central, didactic elements.
The clinical examples have been selected to illustrate the normal functions of the body, rather than to provide comprehensive insights into pathological processes or treatments of diseases. An effective method of demonstrating the importance of a specific physiological mechanism is describing the symptoms that develop when this mechanism malfunctions. We believe that such examples motivate the students and stimulate their curiosity.
Throughout the book, relevant questions are inserted after description of the various topics. The questions may be used as a tool for ascertaining that the intended insight into the topic has been achieved. Answers to the questions can be found by reading the associated main text. We consider this approach to be a more efficient method of facilitating learning than would be achieved by providing specific answers in a separate section.
Short statements that underscore important points in the text are placed in the margins. These margin statements will be particularly helpful when reviewing the main content of the chapters. We believe that such margin statements improve learning efficiency.
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