Where does Chem come in? - page 2

Hi again, I'm trying to get a head start and read up on a few things before I begin the anatomy class in Spring. Can anyone tell me where chem comes in in anatomy? I know the question might not make... Read More

  1. by   shoegalRN
    Chemistry is definitely needed in Micro and especially Physiology. For Physiology, you need to know basic chemistry to understand a muscle contraction, a nerve impulse, respiratory and kidney functions. Chemistry is also needed to understand how the pathways as well as how red blood synthesis work to produce O2 in Physiology. Also, in Micro, chemistry is needed to understand how the cellular functions of the cell work in humans and bacteria. You will see alot of chemistry in Micro while in lab as far as how the bacteria reacts to certain antibotics, etc.

    Yes, a basic understanding of chemistry is really important.
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    Your entire body is a little biochemical reactor.

    Say you get frightened. Your adrenal glands start pumping out adrenaline - a hormone, and a chemical. It tells your body to start getting your body ready for "flight or fight." The calcium in your heart and other muscles starts mobilizing to make you move, the sodium/potassium exchanges in every cell get faster - say you have a patient with diabetes. WHY do cell death and neuropathy occur? Because the body can't get the right chemicals and elements into cells for them to live and work - glycogen, oxygen.

    Your heart is governed by electrical impulses, again driven by the metallic elements in your body.