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Basic Physiology for Anaesthetists

2nd Edition


Russell Perkins
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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108463997

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  • Every trainee in anaesthesia requires a thorough understanding of basic physiology and its application to clinical practice. Now in its second edition, 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 oral examinations, while 'clinical relevance' boxes translate the physiological concepts to clinical practice. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout, and includes six new chapters, including the physiology of the eye, upper airway and exercise testing. It provides junior anaesthetists with an essential 'one stop' physiology resource.

    • The book's question and answer style helps anaesthetists prepare for oral postgraduate examinations
    • Illustrated with simple diagrams that can easily be reproduced in examinations
    • Features 'clinical relevance' boxes that help place the physiology into context, helping the reader to understand the practical relevance of the science
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108463997
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 152 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Authors

    David Chambers, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
    David Chambers is a Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford.

    Christopher Huang, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Huang is academic Professor of Cell Physiology at the University of Cambridge.

    Gareth Matthews, University of Cambridge
    Gareth Matthews is a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in Cardiology.


    Russell Perkins

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