The editor notes that the purpose
of this edition is to present that part
of physiology of special concern to
student, practitioner, and medical
scientist by means of the researches
that have led to present knowledge.
However, an even broader scope is
achieved: the attempt to present
mammalian physiology as an independent biologic discipline as well
as a basic medical science. Many of
the subjects considered are approached from a base of cellular
physiology and biophysics.
This neurophysiological volume is
the work of 15 scientists, more than
half of them on the staff of Johns
Hopkins University where the editor
is director of the department of
The physiology of nerve and muscle is considered in five chapters by
Philip W. Davies, with chapters on
muscle contraction by Kenneth L.
Zierler, and vertebrate smooth muscle by Jean M. Marshall.
Neuromuscular transmission (28
pages) is the work of William L.