APS Member Access to Monograph Series Books

The APS has collaborated with Springer to digitize 33 book titles previously published in the APS monograph series. Additionally, the APS and Springer will be publishing new titles. Both the  previously published and new titles in the monograph series are freely available to APS Members.

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Newest Titles

Mechanism of Muscular Contraction

Rall, Jack A.
2014, XIII, 471 p. 179 illus., 34 illus. in color.
ISBN 978-1-4939-2007-5

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  • Describes the evolution of muscular contraction concepts since the discovery of sliding filaments
  • Includes detailed scientific histories of principal investigators in the field
  • Features information on contraction coupling and the role of calcium in contraction and relaxation

Fundamental discoveries in the 1950s relating to the mechanism of muscle contraction fueled an explosion of knowledge in the latter half of the 20th century. This book traces in depth the evolution of ideas from the 1950s into the 21st century. In a scholarly yet highly readable monograph, the book describes the history on which our current understanding of muscle function is based. This is the most comprehensive study and first book-length treatment of the muscle field in over forty years.

In order to provide perspective into the thinking about an issue at the time of its discovery, often the investigators describe in their own words an important result or conclusion as it appeared in an original paper. Numerous figures from the original papers are included in order to allow the reader to see the data that led to important conclusions. More than a history of experimental facts, the book describes backgrounds of many of the key investigators to allow a deeper insight into their motivations and approach to science. Controversies in the muscle field are discussed along with some missed opportunities and false trails. An amazing variety of experimental techniques have been brought to bear on the investigation of the mechanism of muscular contraction. Background of these various techniques is presented in order to gain a fuller appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses. The book is organized into nine chapters with over 170 illustrations and 1,200 references. The book provides insight into scientific thought and forms a framework for future enquiry into muscle function.

The author, an emeritus professor in the department of physiology and cell biology at Ohio State University, has been a contributor to research in the muscle field for over forty years.

Essays on the History of Respiratory Physiology

West, John B.
2015, XIV, 342 p. 129 illus., 14 illus. in color.
ISBN 978-1-4939-2362-5

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  • The book is written for scientists but is accessible to interested non-scientists
  • Covers the history of significant people and events over the whole course of respiratory physiology
  • Discusses how historical events such as the Renaissance and Enlightenment shaped respiratory physiology
This book consists of 23 essays about prominent people and events in the history of respiratory physiology. It provides a first-hand chronicle of the advancements made in respiratory physiology starting with Galen and the beginnings of Western physiology. The volume covers many aspects of the evolution of this important area of knowledge: pulmonary circulation, Boyle’s Law, pulmonary capillaries and alveoli, morphology, gas exchange and blood flow, mechanics, control of ventilation, and comparative physiology. The book emphasizes societal and philosophical aspects of the history of science. Although it concentrates on physiology, it also describes how cultural movements, such as The Enlightenment, shaped the researchers discussed.

The Rise of Fetal and Neonatal Physiology: Basic Science to Clinical Care

Longo, Lawrence D.
2013, XXVII, 533 p. 52 illus., 18 illus. in color.
ISBN 978-1-4614-7920-8

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  • Constitutes a definitive history of an important field of physiology, that which concerns the developing fetus and newborn infant
  • Addresses the contributions of basic scientists and physiologists to clinical problems of prematurity, such as the causes of premature labor, respiratory distress syndrome, retinopathy of prematurity, and thermoregulation
  • Includes contributions from over 40 leading scientists in this field

During the mid- to late-twentieth century, study of the physiology of the developing fetus and newborn infant evolved rapidly to become a major discipline in the biomedical sciences. Initially of interest from a standpoint of function of the placenta and oxygenation of the fetus, the field advanced to explore both normal functional mechanisms as well as pathophysiologic aspects of their regulation. Examples include studying the role and regulation of circulatory vascular anatomic shunts in oxygenation, cardiac function, certain aspects of asphyxia in the fetus and newborn infant, the role of fetal “breathing” movements, cyclic electroencephalographic activity, and analysis of electronic monitoring of fetal heart rate variability and its significance.

Included in this book are reminisces of several dozen individuals who played a vital role in these developments. Overall, this survey considers a number of aspects of the development of the science of fetal and neonatal physiology, and its role in the greatly improved care of pregnant women and their newborn infants.

Book Monograph Series

The American Physiological Society is devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The APS publishes three book series, now in partnership with Springer: Perspectives in Physiology (formerly People and Ideas), Methods in Physiology and Physiology in Health and Disease (formerly Clinical Physiology), as well as general titles. For further information about previously published and forthcoming titles, see below.

Perspectives in Physiology

This popular series seeks to place medical science inside a greater historical framework, describing the main pathways of development and highlighting the contributions of prominent investigators.

Methods in Physiology

This series describes experimental techniques in cellular, molecular and general physiology. Each book is edited by experts in their field and covers theory and history behind the method, critical commentary, major applications with examples, limitations and extensions of each technique, and vital future directions.

Physiology in Health and Disease

Your bridge between basic science and clinical medicine. Each book brings together fresh ideas in the study of disease states and crucial physiological function. Each is meticulously edited by leaders in the field it covers.

General Titles

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