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Abstract

This article describes some topics that the author suggests be included in the pre-med physics course, based on his experience auditing the first two years of medical school in the early 1970s. They are: exponential growth and decay, fitting exponentials and power laws to data, diffusion and solute transport, Intracellular potentials, the cable model for nerve conduction, and the electrocardiogram. The paper is aimed at physics instructors. It explains why the topics are important and suggests how they might be made accessible to the students.

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