- Department of Neurosurgery, Skull Base Laboratory, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
Seyed Ali Khonsary
Department of Neurosurgery, Skull Base Laboratory, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
DOI:10.4103/sni.sni_327_17Copyright: © 2017 Surgical Neurology International This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
How to cite this article: Khonsary SA. Guyton and Hall: Textbook of Medical Physiology. Surg Neurol Int 09-Nov-2017;8:275
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