Anatomy And Physiology

a. Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body. Often, you may be more interested in functions of the body. Functions include digestion, respiration, circulation, and reproduction. Physiology is the study of the functions of the body.

b. The body is a chemical and physical machine. As such, it is subject to certain laws. These are sometimes called natural laws. Each part of the body is engineered to do a particular job. These jobs are functions. For each job or body function, there is a particular structure engineered to do it.

c. In order to read and understand basic concepts in pharmacology, you must be familiar with certain topics in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. It is not the intent of this subcourse to discuss these areas in detail. Instead, the content of this lesson should give you the knowledge required to complete this subcourse. If you want, you can read texts and references that discuss these areas in detail.

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