About Comprehensive Physiology

About Comprehensive Physiology

Key Features

  • A dynamic online publication that will add 4,000 pages of new and updated content per year
  • Includes more than 30,000 pages of classic content from the prestigious Handbook of Physiology series
  • A world-class editorial team comprising leading names in the field
  • Fully citable content, eligible for abstracting, indexing, and ISI ranking

Project Description

Comprehensive Physiology is the most authoritative and comprehensive collection of physiology information that has ever been assembled. Its starting point is more than 30,000 pages of content from the American Physiological Society's renowned Handbook of Physiology (HoP) series, which is presented here for the first time in an online format. With the launch of Comprehensive Physiology in January 2011, we will begin publishing regular issues that update and expand the classic content from HoP, as well as adding fresh review material. In this way, we aim to capture the full breadth and depth of the evolving science of physiology.

New and updated materials will be published in a quarterly serial format that will make Comprehensive Physiology eligible for indexing by A&I services such as PubMed and also for an Impact Factor via Thomson ISI. The primary audience for Comprehensive Physiology is academic scientists in the life sciences. Secondary audiences include advanced students in the life sciences and medicine, instructors in these disciplines, and academic clinicians.

Oversight of the ongoing editorial and scientific development of Comprehensive Physiology is provided by a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) sponsored by the American Physiological Society and chaired by Editor-in-Chief Ronald L. Terjung. The EAB has in turn recruited a world-class team of Topic Editors who are working to assign articles and recruit authors.



Ron Terjung, University of Missouri-Columbia


Editorial Advisory Board

Dale Benos, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Cell Physiology)

Hannah Carey, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology)

Allen Cowley, Medical College of Wisconsin (Physiological Genomics)

Brian Duling, University of Virginia (Cardiovascular Physiology)

Jack Rall, Ohio State University (Muscle Physiology)

Jeff M. Sands, Emory University School of Medicine (Renal Physiology)

Alan F. Sved, University of Pittsburgh (Neurophysiology)

John B. West, University of California, San Diego (Respiration)

John A. Williams, University of Michigan (GI and Liver Physiology)

Jasna Markovac, Publishing & Editorial Consulting


Managing Editor

Margaret Reich


Topic Editors


Control of Breathing

G. S. Mitchell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

W. K. Milsom, University of British Columbia

D. R. McCrimmon, Northwestern University

J. A Dempsey, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Pulmonary Circulation and Non-Respiratory Functions

I. F. McMurtry, University of South Alabama

W. W. Wagner, University of South Alabama

T. Stevens, University of South Alabama

M. N. Gillespie, University of South Alabama


Gas Exchange

P. D. Wagner, University of California, San Diego

M. Hlastala, University of Washington


Pulmonary Mechanics

J. J. Fredberg, Harvard University School of Public Health

G. C. Sieck, Mayo Clinic

W. T. Gerthoffer, University of South Alabama



Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

K. M. Baldwin, University of California, Irvine

V. R. Edgerton, University of California, Los Angeles

P. D. Wagner, University of California, San Diego


Exercise Impairment in Chronic Disease

K. M. Baldwin, University of California, Irvine

V. R. Edgerton, University of California, Los Angeles

P. D. Wagner, University of California, San Diego


Renal Physiology

D. Pollock, Medical College of Georgia

J. Garvin, Henry Ford Hospital


Cell Physiology

P. Cala, University of California, Davis

S. Pedersen, University of Copenhagen


Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology

Animals and the Environment: Integrating From Genes to Organisms

J. Hicks, University of California, Irvine


Evolutionary Physiology

T. Garland, University of California, Riverside


Form and Function in Animals

T. Wang, University of Aarhus



Autonomic Neuroscience

Sue M. Barman, Michigan State University


Muscle Physiology

L. Sweeney, University of Pennsylvania


Environmental Physiology

M. Sawka, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine