Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems

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.)


MIT Course Number

HST.542J / 2.792J / 20.371J / 6.022J

As Taught In

Spring 2004



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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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Jose Venegas, and Roger Mark. HST.542J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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