Physiology is the study of the structure, and function, and integration of the human body.  In the pioneering days, research efforts were primarily directed at tissues and organs.  This research continues to this day and has resulted in a comprehensive picture of the function of the human body.  As molecular and genetic methods have come of age, physiologists have implemented these techniques to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie physiological function.  It is now clear that in order to develop a complete understanding of the normal and dysfunctional human body, we must ask questions at all levels, from the molecular to the cellular, to the organ, to the whole organism.