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A Metabolic Storm

This "clicker" case presents the true story of a 20-year-old athlete who developed a life threatening reaction to anesthesia during a simple electi ...


A Spill at Parsenn Bowl

Based on a real incident, this case features an older woman who has been injured on a ski slope. Her classic knee injury, often referred to as the ...


All or Nothing

In this interrupted case study, students pose as an intern of a neuromuscular/skeletal specialist and discover how sarin and myasthenia gravis infl ...


Analyzing Clinical Literature

Reading and understanding scientific literature can be a daunting task for students in introductory science courses. This decision/dilemma case stu ...


Asthma Attack!

This interrupted case study follows the progress of a pediatric patient who experiences an acute asthma exacerbation brought on by an environmental ...


Brain vs. Spinal Cord

In this case study, students read about the injuries sustained by a young man hurt in a serious diving accident. To solve the case, they must deter ...


Caught Red-Handed

Was the "Brooklyn Butcher" of 1926 a cold-blooded killer or was something less sinister at play? This interrupted case study introduces students to ...


Cracking the Case

In this directed case study, students shadow Dr. Lee in diagnosing two patients with osteoporosis. The students are given patient history and an in ...


Cross-Dressing or Crossing-Over?

In this “clicker case,” students learn about sex determination, meiosis, and chromosomal “crossing over” through the story ...


From Twiggy to Tubby

This case study explores the topics of diffusion, osmosis, membrane transport, and the physiological significance of glucose and insulin in the hum ...


Going for Gold

This case study introduces students to the true story of Caster Semenya, an outstanding female mid-distance runner from South Africa.  Caster ...


I Almost Missed the Marathon

This case study is about a German man named Fritz Jähn. Fritz was physically active in his youth and an achievement-striving individual who wa ...


I Hate Running!

This interrupted worksheet case study, developed for introductory or intermediate undergraduate physiology courses, aims to eliminate misconception ...


I Heart Running: A Case Study on Tachycardia in Sam the Runner

"I Heart Running" is a case study in which students diagnose the cause of exercise-induced tachycardia in an otherwise healthy, 27-year-old female. ...


Inactive Brains

Two speakers have been invited to a town hall meeting to help decide a hotly contested issue. A grant has been awarded to the school district with ...


Into Thin Air

As an exhausted climbing expedition ascends a steep cliff, one climber in particular experiences severe difficulty breathing and quickly becomes th ...


Keeping up with the Joneses

This interrupted case study in cardiovascular physiology focuses on Suzie, a determined young woman who is training hard for the upcoming figure sk ...


Lacy’s Dry Run

This interrupted case study in renal physiology and water balance follows the story of "Lacy," a star athlete, who makes poor fluid intake choices ...


Left Out in the Cold

While backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, Joel loses his way and finds that his experience hiking and camping in his home state of Florida hasn&ap ...


Lewis and Clark Reloaded

Frank and Joe are 24-year-old fraternal twins who share similar interests, including cycling. The brothers decide to attempt their first long-dista ...


Muscleman

This case is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of negative feedback regulation. Basic principles of negative feedback system ...


One Headache After Another: Physiology Edition

Topamax®, developed to treat epilepsy, is also used as a preventative for migraine. In this case study, students read about a woman experiencin ...


Properties of Gases: A Case Study of the Bends

In 2012, Mike Prickett, a world-renowned underwater cinematographer, was working on a commercial photo shoot in Tahiti when he witnessed a fellow d ...


Rhabdomyolysis

This directed case study focuses on exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (exRML).  Students are guided though skeletal muscle cell membrane transpo ...


Rough Games and the Brain

In this "clicker case study," students learn about the chemical nature of protein molecules-in particular, how the constituent parts of proteins (a ...


The 2000-Meter Row

The physically demanding sport of competitive rowing is the backdrop for this case about homeostasis in which students follow the physiological cha ...


The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety

This case study is based on another case in our collection, The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis, which emphasizes the metabolic, res ...


The Game Changer

This interrupted case study traces the football career of Anthony "Tony Tonka Truck" Williams, and the types of brain  trauma that he suffers ...


The Ice Hockey Injury

The high school ice hockey team is playing the last of three games in one day. The game gets rough and Rick, the star player, is slammed against th ...


The Modern Caveman’s Dilemma

During the Paleolithic era, human life expectancy was only 33 years—roughly half of what it is today. We owe our more extended lives in part ...


Thirty-Two Seconds to Go: A Case of Motivation, Locus of Control, and Self-Efficacy

In the 1983 Big Eight Conference championship football game, Neil Harris deflected a pass with 32 seconds to go in a play that stopped the Universi ...