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  1. General Reading 8 items
    These resources are relevant to several areas of the Human Biology Course and should be useful throughout the year.
    1. Berne & Levy physiology - Robert M. Berne, Matthew N. Levy 2018

      Book Recommended Core physiology textbook suitable for Level 2 revision and basic coverage of L3 material.

    2. Principles of anatomy and physiology - Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan Derrickson, Gerard J. Tortora c2011

      Book Recommended This is a basic guide to anatomy and physiology. It will be particularly useful if there is anything you'd like to revise before coming to a class.

    3. Medical physiology: a cellular and molecular approach - Walter F. Boron, Emile L. Boulpaep c2012

      Book Recommended this large textbook contains a detailed scientific account of many aspects of physiology that will help you with your studies this year. It includes relevant cellular and molecular biology and includes examples of clinical relevance.

    4. Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology - John E. Hall, Elsevier Science (Firm) 2016

      Book Recommended A detailed medical physiology textbook covering many aspects of physiology that you will cover this year.

    5. Wheater's functional histology: a text and colour atlas - Barbara Young, Geraldine O'Dowd, Phillip Woodford, Paul R. Wheater c2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended A good, basic histology text with detailed illustrations.

    6. Histology and cell biology: an introduction to pathology - Abraham L. Kierszenbaum, Laura L. Tres 2016

      Book Further More detailed reading for histology relevant to several blocks.

    7. Pathophysiology of disease: an introduction to clinical medicine - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

      Book Further This e-book will be a useful reference for some of your PBL topics, relating Human Biology to pathological processes.

    8. Home · BoB

      Audio-visual document Recommended Excellent resource for documentaries and radio programmes relevant to course content - use the search facility to find programmes that interest you.

  2. Cells and Tissues 2 items
    These resources are particularly useful for block 1 but will help you throughout the course
    1. Cellular physiology and neurophysiology - Mordecai P. Blaustein, Askews & Holts Library Services 2012

      Book Recommended This is a great book if you are struggling with the concepts in your membrane transport sessions. You will also find useful information on the electrical properties of membranes and the cellular mechanisms of muscle contraction here.

    2. M embrane Potential Tutorial

      Webpage Recommended A very useful online tutorial that explains the Nernst equation and other aspects of electrophysiology.

  3. Nutrition 6 items
    Resources related to the nutrition block, and for those of you combining Human Biology and Nutrition
    1. Introduction to human nutrition - Nutrition Society (Great Britain), Ebooks Corporation Limited 2009

      Book Recommended

    2. Dietary reference values for food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom: Report of the Panel on Dietary Reference Values of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy - Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy. Panel on Dietary Reference Values, Great Britain. Dept. of Health 1991

      Book Further

  4. Musculoskeletal System 1 item
    1. The excitation–contraction coupling mechanism in skeletal muscle - Juan C. Calderón 2014

      Article Further A detailed review of molecular aspects of ECC in skeletal muscle

  5. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems 9 items
    1. An introduction to cardiovascular physiology - J. R. Levick c2010

      Book Recommended A highly recommended, clearly written textbook.

    2. Respiratory physiology: the essentials - John B. West c2012

      Book Recommended A classic book on respiratory physiology, this is a very small book that contains a wealth of information.

    3. The ECG made easy - John R. Hampton, Dawson Books 2013

      Book Recommended Excellent, clear explanations of how to interpret abnormal ECGs.

    4. EKG | Electrocardiogram

      Webpage Recommended A useful online resource on ECG interpretation.

    5. Heart Murmurs and Sounds

      Webpage Recommended A useful online resource which explains what you hear when you listen to heart sounds. You should focus on the normal heart sounds, although this site has recordings and explanations of abnormal examples.

    6. Treadmill Stress Testing: Background, Indications and Contraindications, Technical Considerations

      Webpage Recommended An article which is useful background reading on exercise testing in the clinical setting.

    7. ACSM's resource manual for Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription - Jonathan K. Ehrman, American College of Sports Medicine c2010

      Book Recommended Chapters 19 and 21 are recommended reading for your lab session on maximal exercise testing. The extract from Chapter 19 deals with the preparation, risk to volunteers and resting values. The section from Chapter 21 deals with conduct of the test, ends points and interpretation of data.

  6. Endocrine and Renal Systems 3 items
    1. Renal physiology - Bruce M. Koeppen, Bruce A. Stanton 2012

      Book Further An easy-to-read book focusing on renal physiology with examples of how this applies to clinical conditions.

    2. How animals work - Knut Schmidt-Nielsen 1972

      Book Further Classic Reading on comparative Physiology - sections on temperature regulation are relevant to this block.

    3. Animal physiology: adaptation and environment - Knut Schmidt-Nielsen 1983

      Book Further A textbook on comparative physiology, but contains some relevant background on temperature regulation.

  7. Senses 10 items
    1. Essential neuroscience - Allan Siegel, Hreday N. Sapru, Heidi Siegel c2015

      Book Further Section 4 of this book covers some of the senses in this block.

    2. Histology and cell biology: an introduction to pathology - Abraham L. Kierszenbaum, Laura L. Tres 2016

      Book Further This book contains lots of material on the cellular aspects of all the different types of sensory receptor.

    3. The endocrinology of taste receptors - Sara Santa-Cruz Calvo, Josephine M. Egan 2015-4

      Article Recommended

    4. Relationships between insulin release and taste. - Tonosaki K1, Hori Y, Shimizu Y, Tonosaki K. 2007

      Article Recommended

  8. GI system 1 item
    1. Gastrointestinal physiology - Leonard R. Johnson 2014

      Book Further This book is useful for all aspects of GI function, but is particularly useful for the intestinal absorption components of your course.

  9. Challenges: Individual and Society 7 items
    1. Rethinking homeostasis: allostatic regulation in physiology and pathophysiology - Jay Schulkin 2003

      Book Further Further reading related to the homeostasis lecture

    2. Endocrine and reproductive physiology - Susan P. Porterfield, Bruce Alan White, Susan P. Porterfield c2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Further This short book is easy to read and contains clinical examples, it has several chapters relevant to the reproductive system.

    3. The logic of life: the challenge of integrative physiology - C. A. R. Boyd, Denis Noble c1993

      Book Further Background reading for the session on homeostasis

    4. Bioethics: an introduction for the biosciences - T. B. Mepham c2008

      Book Recommended Excellent introductory text on the topic of Bioethics.

    5. Bioethics: an anthology - Helga Kuhse, Peter Singer c2006

      Book Further A set of essays on specific topics in bioethics.

    6. Social and ethical issues in mitochondrial donation: Fig. 1 - Rebecca Dimond 09/2015

      Article Recommended Additional reading for Bioethics Tutorial on three parent IVF

    7. The ethics of creating children with three genetic parents - Françoise Baylis 06/2013

      Article Recommended Additional background reading for tutorial on 3 parent IVF.

  10. Scientific Skills 21 items
    These resources are recommended to support the Scientific Skills lectures and workshops throughout the course.
    1. Scientific Skills -Writing & Referencing 4 items
      1. Anglia Ruskin University Library - Harvard System

        Webpage Recommended A comprehensive guide to citing and referencing your sources.

      2. Literature Searching and Library skills (MVLS) | University of Glasgow

        Webpage Recommended Links to a library reading list with lots of useful resources.

      3. Reflective Writing Guide | UNSW Current Students

        Webpage Recommended This is a useful resource for your Reflective Writing Assignment.

      4. How to write about biology - Jan A. Pechenik, Bernard C. Lamb, Jan A. Pechenik 1994

        Book Recommended A general guide to all types of writing in biology, including lab reports and essays.

    2. Scientific Skills - Critical Appraisal 5 items
      1. How to read a paper: the basics of evidence- based medicine - Trisha Greenhalgh, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2014

        Book Further This is an easy-to -read book which covers all types of research paper you are likely to come across in the medical literature.

      2. A checklist to help students analyze published articles in basic medical sciences - P. K. Rangachari, Sheella Mierson

        Article Recommended This article contains a useful checklist for appraising scientific papers.

    3. Scientific Skills - Numeracy , Maths & Statistics 6 items
      1. Introduction - Handbook of Biological Statistics

        Document Recommended A useful website which is an online textbook explaining how to choose the appropriate statistical test for a particular experiment, then apply that test and interpret the results.

      2. Physiology by numbers: an encouragement to quantitative thinking - R. F. Burton 2000

        Book Further A guide to all types of Physiological calculations.

      3. Statistics for the life sciences - Myra L. Samuels, Jeffrey A. Witmer, Andrew Schaffner c2012

        Book Further

      4. Statistics - Murray R. Spiegel, Larry J. Stephens, Murray R. Spiegel c2011

        Book Further

    4. Scientific Skills -Poster Presentations 1 item
      1. Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington

        Webpage Further Useful tips on designing poster presentations

    5. Scientific Skills - Oral Presentations 3 items
      1. Preparing-for-an-ORAL-PRESENTATION.pdf

        Document Recommended Some tips on how to prepare for an oral presentation

      2. Using PowerPoint / University of Leicester

        Webpage Recommended Basic principles of designing a PowerPoint presentation

      3. Presentation Zen: What is good Presentation design?

        Webpage Further A webpage on design aspects for PowerPoint slides

    6. Scientific Skills - Science Communication & Public Engagement 2 items
      1. Science communication: a practical guide for scientists - Laura Bowater, Kay Yeoman 2013

        Book Recommended This book contains ideas & advice for developing outreach activities.

      2. BBC Radio 4 - BBC Inside Science

        Webpage Recommended A magazine style radio programme covering a broad range of science topics, including biology, physics and chemistry. Frequently there are sections relevant to Human Biology, which may include controversial issues and cutting-edge research. Useful for improving your general knowledge of science, and examples of how science is presented to the public.

  11. Scientific Method and Research 2 items
    1. Essential guide to reading biomedical papers: recognising and interpreting best practice - Askews & Holts Library Services 2013

      Book Further This book takes an interdisciplinary approach, including philosophical, biological and statistical aspects of evidence in biomedical research. Topics include scientific methods, statistics, data interpretation, and ethics. Relevant for students interested in research careers.

    2. The Journal of Physiology

      Journal Recommended This is a link to the Journal of Physiology. It is recommended you access this Journal regularly to keep up to date with current ideas and findings relevant to Human Biology.

  12. Light Reading 8 items
    These books are aimed at a general readership and are for those of you who would like to do some wider background reading related to your degree subject when you want a break from study. They may not be directly related to course content, but are enjoyable reads.
    1. Life at the extremes: [the science of survival] - Frances M. Ashcroft 2001

      Book Further A very easy to read book with relevant physiology related to human biology at the extremes of temperature, altitude and depth.

    2. Bad science - Ben Goldacre 2008

      Book Further Read this for an understanding of how science can be mis-reported in the media, why evidence-based medicine is so important, and how amazing claims are made for non-scientific treatments. This book will encourage you to think critically about the rest of your reading.

    3. The spark of life: electricity in the human body - Frances M. Ashcroft 2012

      Book Further An easy read which covers a very wide variety of examples of the importance of ion channels. It is definitely light entertainment though, rather than a scientific read.

    4. BBC Radio 4 - More or Less: Behind the Stats - Downloads

      Webpage  This is a link to the Radio 4 programme 'More or Less' podcasts. Several episodes feature segments relevant to medical / biology research. Demonstrates how statistics are used and abused in daily life; listening to this programme will help develop your general skills in critical thinking.

    5. Bad pharma: how drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients - Ben Goldacre 2012

      Book Further A view on the problems with the pharmaceutical industry relating to funding and publication of trials.

    6. The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone - Richard G. Wilkinson, Kate Pickett c2010

      Book Further This book is about inequalities in health and society and is especially relevant for those of you interested in Public Health.

    7. Epic measures: one doctor, seven billion patients - Jeremy N. Smith 2015

      Book Further What should be the priorities for Global Health? Relevant for students interested in global / public health issues.

    8. The shape we're in: how junk food and diets are shortening our lives - Sarah Boseley 2014

      Book Further A broad look at how modern society contributes to the rising problems of obesity - useful background for anyone interested in nutrition, obesity and public health.