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ERIC Number: EJ849506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Complexity of Human Circulation Design: Tips for Students
Kurbel, Sven; Gros, Mario; Maric, Svjetlana
Advances in Physiology Education, v33 n2 p130-131 Jun 2009
Medical students are faced with a challenge to comprehend the enormous complexity of the circulatory systems. There is a gap between courses of anatomy, with detailed description of all normally present macroscopic vessels, and histology, which is focused on microscopic tissue architecture. Both courses leave arterioles, capillaries, and venules almost marginal and are not used to consider the hydrostatic pressure changes that continuously alter tissue perfusion. Often this knowledge gap is left for teachers of medical physiology. It is typically addressed during teaching about blood volumes in different circulatory segments, as a good occasion to explain the complex structure of the entire circulatory system. This article is intended to help teachers clarify the complexity of the human circulatory system in a short and digested form based on data from contemporary textbooks. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A