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Keeping up with the Joneses

A Case Study in Human Physiology



Author:

Philip J. Stephens
Department of Biology
Villanova University
phil.stephens@villanova.edu

Abstract:

This interrupted case study in cardiovascular physiology focuses on Suzie, a determined young woman who is training hard for the upcoming figure skating season. But family dynamics combined with high aspirations of competing in the Olympic Games have negative consequences for her health. Students are presented with a variety of signs, symptoms, and medical data as well as a series of guided questions to research. The case was developed for use in a one-semester animal physiology course taken by sophomore and junior science majors. It could also be used in an anatomy and physiology course or general biology course.

Objectives:
  • Understand female athlete’s triad.
  • Understand basic cardiovascular physiology.
  • Learn about the effect of anorexia nervosa and malnutrition on the human cardiovascular system.
  • Understand tissue microcirculation, involving filtration and reabsorption at the capillaries.
  • Understand how malnutrition and low blood protein levels can induce edema.
Keywords: Cardiovascular physiology; female athlete triad; anorexia nervosa; tissue microcirculation; capillary filtration; reabsorption; edema
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Physiology   Sports Science   Biology (General)   Nutrition  
Date Posted: 03/18/07
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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