The major objective is not to make dental students physiologist but certainly to encourage them to think "physiologically" when, in future practice, patients will be subjected to a wide variety of drugs, such as local anesthetics and antibiotics that affect many organs. They need to know not only the functioning of these organs in health and how the drug they administer affects healthy organs, but also background in normal physiology is essential to understand how pathological conditions may reduce or amplify the effects of these drugs. We hope that, in this course, students will acquire sufficient grounding in normal physiology to apply it to understanding pathophysiology and to understanding patients more completely.
This course emphasizes classical mammalian physiology, particularly human physiology. Physiology at the cellular, organ, and systems level is covered. Some of the material is highly quantitative, such as respiratory, renal, and cardiovascular, while other sections are largely descriptive, such as gastrointestinal or reproductive physiology. Physiology, as a discipline, seeks to keep in perspective the function of the whole as it analyzes separately the operation of the parts, whether they are at the cellular, organ, or multi-organ level of a regulatory system.
Robert Brenner, Ph.D.
Office: STRF 208.6
Dental Course Administrative Assistant:
Office: 3.029V and STRF 236.1B
Telephone: 567-4335 and 562-9202