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Clinical Physiology of Endocrine Disorders
Understanding the Signs and Symptoms
© 2008, Raji Subramanian, Lam Sau Kuen
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First Edition: 2008
Typeset at JPBMP typesetting unit
Printed at Ajanta Offset & Packagings Ltd., New DelhiPreface
Medical Education in the new millennium poses a challenge for teachers and students alike, wherein the approach to learning has shifted from a traditional, subject-based mode to one that is self-directed and problem-based. Furthermore, students are also expected to be able to apply the principles of basic medical sciences to the practice of medicine during their clinical training. Yet, students in their clinical years face difficulty in understanding and associating the manifestations of disease with the underlying physiological concepts.
Human physiology forms an important component of the medical and allied health sciences curricula, as the basic concepts of physiology permeate throughout the medical course, and help explain the manifestations of disease and the subsequent effects of treatment. But, the relevance of these physiological concepts to medicine becomes more apparent to undergraduate and postgraduate students only during their clinical training. By then, in order to find an explanation for a particular sign or symptom observed, the student has to research a large number of books to obtain the pertinent information. This book on clinical physiology, therefore, aims at providing a quick reference for understanding the underlying physiological basis for the signs and symptoms of various endocrine disorders.
This book would serve as an excellent reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as the format is such that it can help students obtain information easily and quickly. Moreover, we feel that this book might trigger renewed interest in physiology among academicians and clinicians alike, especially those who have had a previous penchant for the basic medical sciences.
We wish to thank Rokiah Pendek, Associate Professor and Consultant Endocrinologist, University of Malaya Medical Centre, for reading our manuscript and providing helpful criticisms and suggestions to improve the book.
Lam Sau Kuen