Medical Physiology, 3rd Edition

CHAPTER 18. Blood

Emile L. Boulpaep

Blood is a complex fluid consisting of plasma—extracellular fluid rich in proteins—and of formed elements—red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Total blood volume is ~70 mL/kg body weight in the adult woman and ~80 mL/kg body weight in the adult man (see Table 5-1).

Blood Composition

Blood Viscosity

Hemostasis and Fibrinolysis