How to Use the Case Studies in Human Physiology


This compilation of case studies in physiology is designed to provide opportunities for cooperative learning, integrative thinking and problem solving for students. Case studies should be worked on during class and reviewed on your own. The course website and textbook provide necessary background information. It is important that you read ahead in the assigned chapters.  These case studies are designed to teach you how to think and solve problems, both very rewarding experiences.  Here are some additional guidelines:


1.         Read the assigned chapters.

2.         Read the appropriate case study and the accompanying questions.

3.         Be able to define all appropriate terms. Use a the physiology textbooks, medical dictionary or the glossary in your text to clarify words or concepts you may not be familiar with.

4.         Review the physiologic facts in your text pertaining to this case history.

5.         Apply these physiologic facts to make your "diagnosis" and to answer the accompanying questions.

6.         Realize that you may have to think for some time before being able to put all the pieces together. Some of the answers are not immediately obvious but they are within your grasp.


Have a good time doing this!

Remember, learning is a process, not an event!