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Basic Physiology for Anaesthetists

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107637825


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  • Every trainee in anaesthesia requires a thorough understanding of basic physiology and its application to clinical practice. This comprehensively illustrated textbook bridges the gap between medical school and reference scientific texts. It covers the physiology requirements of the Primary FRCA examination syllabus. Chapters are organised by organ system, with particular emphasis given to the respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. The practical question-and-answer format helps the reader prepare for the oral examination, while 'clinical relevance' boxes translate the physiological concepts to clinical practice. The authors include two medical physiologists and a Specialty Registrar in anaesthesia, and thereby bring a unique blend of expertise. This ensures that the book is up-to-date, accessible, and pitched appropriately for the trainee anaesthetist. Packed with easily understood, up-to-date and clinically relevant material, this convenient volume provides an essential 'one-stop' resource in physiology for junior anaesthetists.

    • Contains over 160 diagrams, with key features clearly illustrated, aiding understanding of the physiological concepts and permitting easy replication in an examination setting
    • Clinical relevance boxes relate basic science to everyday anaesthetic practice
    • Chapters are presented in a question-and-answer format, permitting the anaesthetic trainee to envisage how physiology questions may be asked in an oral examination
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    '… an excellent text … This is a good book presenting basic science clearly and constructively for junior anaesthetists preparing for speciality examinations (FRCA).' British Medical Association Programme and Award Winners 2016

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107637825
    • length: 455 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 161 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Basics:
    1. General organisation of the body
    2. Cell components and function
    3. Genetics
    4. The cell membrane
    5. Enzymes
    Part II. Respiratory Physiology:
    6. Lung anatomy and function
    7. Oxygen transport
    8. Carbon dioxide transport
    9. Alveolar diffusion
    10. Ventilation and dead space
    11. Static lung volumes
    12. Spirometry
    13. Hypoxia and shunts
    14. Ventilation-perfusion relationships
    15. West Zones
    16. Oxygen delivery and demand
    17. Alveolar gas equation
    18. Oxygen cascade
    19. Lung compliance
    20. Work of breathing
    21. Control of ventilation
    22. Pulmonary circulation
    23. Oxygen toxicity
    24. Ventilatory failure
    25. Anaesthesia and the lung
    Part III. Cardiovascular Physiology:
    26. Cardiac anatomy and function
    27. Cardiac cycle
    28. Cardiac output and its measurement
    29. Starling's law and cardiac dysfunction
    30. Pressure-volume loops
    31. Systemic circulation
    32. Arterial system
    33. Arterial pressure waveforms
    34. Capillaries and endothelium
    35. Venous system
    36. Venous pressure waveforms
    37. Lymphatics
    38. Cardiovascular reflexes
    39. Valsalva manoeuvre
    40. Exercise physiology
    Part IV. Neurophysiology:
    41. Neuronal structure and function
    42. The brain
    43. Cerebrospinous fluid
    44. Blood brain barrier
    45. Cerebral blood flow
    46. Intracranial pressure and head injury
    47. The spinal cord
    48. Resting membrane potential
    49. Nerve action potential and propagation
    50. Synapses and the neuromuscular junction
    51. Skeletal muscle
    52. Muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs
    53. Smooth muscle
    54. Cardiac muscle
    55. The electrocardiogram
    56. Autonomic nervous system
    57. Pain physiology
    Part V. Gastrointestinal Tract:
    58. Saliva, oesophagus and swallowing
    59. Stomach and vomiting
    60. Gastrointestinal digestion and absorption
    61. Liver anatomy and blood supply
    62. Liver function
    Part VI. Kidney and Body Fluids:
    63. Renal function, anatomy and blood flow
    64. Renal filtration and reabsorption
    65. Renal regulation of water and electrolyte balance
    66. Acid-base physiology
    Part VII. Blood and Immune System:
    67. Haemostasis
    68. Transfusion
    69. Anaemia and polycythaemia
    70. Immune system
    71. Plasma constituents
    Part VIII. Energy Balance:
    72. Metabolism
    73. Starvation
    74. Stress response
    Part IX. Endocrine Physiology:
    75. Hypothalamus and pituitary
    76. Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal
    Part X. Developmental Physiology:
    77. Maternal physiology during pregnancy
    78. Fetal physiology
    79. Paediatric physiology
    80. Physiology of ageing
    Part XI. Environmental Physiology:
    81. Altitude
    82. Diving
    83. Temperature regulation

  • Authors

    David Chambers, North West School of Anaesthesia
    David Chambers is a Specialty Registrar in the North West School of Anaesthesia, Manchester, UK.

    Christopher Huang, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
    Christopher Huang is Professor of Cell Physiology and Fellow and Director of Medical Studies at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK.

    Gareth Matthews, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
    Gareth Matthews is Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Research Fellow at the School of Clinical Medicine and Physiological Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK.

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