HST.542J / 2.792J / 20.371J / 6.022J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems

Spring 2004

Schematic cutaway of human heart and torso.
Electrocardiography provides visibility into the heart's electrical activity, helping doctors diagnose a wide range of cardiac abnormalities. For example, a blockage in the right bundle branch of the intraventricular conduction system (inset) produces a particular set of characteristic ECG signals. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of course notes that serve as the primary reading material available in the readings section.

Course Description

This course elaborates on the application of the principles of energy and mass flow to major human organ systems. It discusses mechanisms of regulation and homeostasis. It also discusses anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological features of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. There is emphasis on those systems, features, and devices that are most illuminated by the methods of physical sciences.
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Prof. Roger Mark
Prof. Jose Venegas

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session