Clinical Physiology Made Ridiculously Simple

(12 customer reviews)

A brief, to-the-point, easy to understand presentation of the most high-yield points in clinical physiology. Particular emphasis on cardio-pulmonary-renal physiology enables the reader to see the conceptual unification of these areas of physiology. The same enjoyable approach is applied as well to blood cells and blood coagulation, the immune system, neurophysiology, the digestive system and the endocrine system by showing them as a clear conceptual whole in only 132 pages!

Excellent USMLE Board Review.


Book Details






Edition 2 (July 1, 2014)



About The Author

Stephen  Goldberg

Stephen Goldberg, MD, a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, trained in Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Family Medicine. He is a neurologic researcher, teacher, computer programmer, writer, editor, and president of the Medmaster publishing company. Dr. Goldberg has published numerous papers on neuronal development and regeneration through research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, New York Medical College and the University of Miami. He is the author of the best-selling book, Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple, as well as the interactive computer program Neurologic Localization. As a coordinator of neuroanatomy education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 25 years, his reputation is that of an educator who can simplify complex topics. He received the George Paff Most Outstanding Professor Teaching Award 11 times at the U of M and was invited to be the keynote speaker at the medical school graduation commencement at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2004. He has also authored textbooks of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Computer Programming, as well as many interactive computer programs on a variety of medical topics.



Chapter 1
. Cell Function
Chapter 2. Blood Pressure
Chapter 3. Electrolytes and Acid-Base Function
Chapter 4. Evaluation of Renal Function
Chapter 5. Cardiac Function
Chapter 6. The Respiratory System

Chapter 7
. Red Blood Cells and Coagulation
Chapter 8. The Immune System
Chapter 9. Neurophysiology
Chapter 10. The Digestive System
Chapter 11. The Endocrine System

12 reviews for Clinical Physiology Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. Andora – PA student here- Great book. I used this book and the pathophysiology …

    PA student here- Great book. I used this book and the pathophysiology made ridiculously simple text as well to study for my path class. It REALLY helped me to gain a conceptual view of the information, while still paying great attention to detail. I don’t understand how 20 pages of this book (with a few of the pathophysiology) can be so easy to read, but still give me pretty much IDENTICAL information to what’s in my school’s text. It’s magical. If you want to pass path, get it already!

  2. A.C. – Clinical Physiology made ridiculously simple

    It is an excellent book to utilize and study in order to perform well on the USMLE step I in the field of physiology.

  3. Jamie Baugh – Absolutely Awesome

    If you are going to take an upper level physiology or you are review for boards, this book is great. I wish I had it the first time I took physio.

  4. Audy – Does it what is supposed to do.

    Good book as a refresher. Reading this book first as sort of a prep makes the other textbooks such as the Guyton and Hall more digestible. I suggest reading this to get the overall concept or generalized map of physiology and then read the textbooks for the details deserving of the boards. Makes it more digestible.

    To the other reviewers, please keep in mind that this book does not set out to be a replacement textbook or as a resource for your review, this is meant exclusively as just a quick rundown of physiology. Do not expect this to be comprehensive at all; this book is about the major concepts and for most people, that is enough to finally break the barrier of understanding and not understanding the concepts.

  5. MysterEgg. – Good review of the basics

    I’m getting ready to begin studying anesthesia (nurse anesthetist) and I find this book to be a great review for basic physiology principals. “Light reading,” I suppose, to help refresh my memory. It is an easy read with good pictures and diagrams to help you retain the subject material. However, it is in no way comprehensive enough, nor does it have the depth, to be used as a first line reference for residents, fellows, or nurse anesthesia students.

  6. Christabel Cobbina – Good physiology review

    This book is helpful for reviewing physiology or studying it before you have the class. But also use you class materials to review with the book for more detail.

  7. Shasta – Cute cartoons

    Simple explanations, great for medical profession students. Cartoons bring another point of view and help support understanding in ways that medical books miss. Great supplement when the text gets overwhelming.

  8. Katherine B – necessary study guide

    Helpful in understanding how questions are worded and the content expected in the answers. It also helped me focus on relevant content areas. If you have this it will give you an edge in the class.

  9. Am. C. – useful tool for learning

    Clear, easy to understand explanations.

  10. Vanessa – Five stars

    Great book! It breaks everything down for you in simple terms.

  11. Macie Bruner – Great quick reference book. I’d recommend it to anyone.

    Good short quick reference book for most common things you need to know in an understandable and easy to read book.

  12. PseudoN – Good overview in a compact package

    This is a good overview of physiology, but it lacks detail in various places. What it does explain, it does so accurately and thoroughly. The clinical discussions at the end of chapters are also good. One should probably not rely on this as a stand alone text, but use it to clarify or review certain concepts or systems. Non-essential part of a library, but helpful.

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