A physiology textbook (Image credit: Ross Griff)

Physiology is the study of living systems, specifically on how the living elements function together to make up a living system. In human beings, this includes the study of how organs, cells, and bio-molecules function in a living human being to support that person’s internal chemical and physical functions. Comparative physiology and ecophysiology are relatively newer fields of study that focus on non-human organisms and the environments in which they exist. The top honor that is awarded to those who study physiology is the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and has been bestowed upon professionals in this field since 1901.

Physiology is a major part of academics, especially in the science and medical majors at institutions of higher education. Because of this, it is important that students are armed with the appropriate textbooks to get A’s in their classes as often as possible. There are a number of physiology textbooks out there, but according to TopTenTopTen.com, the following list features the top 10 physiology textbooks in use today:

1) A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell (2009 – Cornell University Library)

2) Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Text Component) by Frederic H. Martini and Edwin F. Bartholomew (2011 – Benjamin Cummings)

3) Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access by John E. Hall (2010 – Saunders)

4) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology by Valerie Scanlon and Tina Sanders (2010 – F.A. Davis Company)

5) Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials by John B. West (2000 – Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins)

6) Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja N. Hoehn (2010 – Benjamin Cummings)

7) Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function (HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (VANDER)) by Eric P. Widmaier, Hershel Raff, and Kevin T. Strong (2008 – McGraw-Hill)

8) Textbook of Medical Physiology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access [Eleventh Edition] by Arthur C. Guyton and John C. Hall (2005 – Saunders)

9) Human Anatomy & Physiology: Main Version by Terry Martin (2012 – McGraw-Hill)

10) BRS Physiology (Board Review Series) by Linda S. Costanzo (2010 – Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins)

If you registered for a physiology class that is coming up and discovered that some of the books you need are on this list, make sure to check with Textbooks.org before buying or renting your books. There is a feature on the homepage where you can enter the book title or ISBN, and a list of books will be displayed from various online booksellers where you can either purchase or rent your books. In addition, many sites offer electronic textbooks that can be viewed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.