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Basic Science for Anaesthetists

Basic Science for Anaesthetists

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  • Date Published: July 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521676021

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  • The aim of this book is to provide a concise and understandable review of the physics, mathematics, statistics, physiology and pharmacology of anaesthesia. A revised edition of a book originally titled Anaesthetic Data Interpretation, the new title better reflects the contents of the book. There are several additional chapters relevant to the Primary FRCA examination. New topics covered include the ventilatory response to oxygen and carbon dioxide, which is now a core knowledge requirement, new concepts in cardiovascular physiology, receptor types and the molecular actions of anaesthetics. Some of the revisions reflect advances in technology; for example, the uses of the capnograph and the oxygen analyser have advanced considerably in recent years. Basic Science for Anaesthetists is a concise and informative text which will be invaluable for trainee anaesthetists, and an aid to teaching for the trainers.

    • An ideal revision text for primary anaesthesia examinations
    • Easy to understand, highly illustrated coverage of subjects often perceived as difficult
    • A concise and compact text, concentrating on the essential principles
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    • Highly Commended in the 2007 BMA Medical Book Awards

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    "The format is clear and there is ample use of drawings.... Individuals interested in teaching will find it invaluable in providing illustrations that will help clarify topics that are important."
    Keith R. Mills FRCPC(C), Canadian "Journal of Anesthesia

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521676021
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.388kg
    • contains: 120 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Anaesthetic Apparatus:
    1. Gas compression, relationship of volume, pressure and temperature
    2. Real gas compression
    3. Flow and resistance
    4. Heat, vaporization and humidification
    5. Simple mechanics 1: mass, force, pressure
    6. Simple mechanics 2: work and power
    7. Mathematical concepts
    8. Exponentials 1: the curves
    9. Exponentials 2: properties of exponential decay curve
    10. Descriptive statistics
    11. Presentation of data
    12. Receiver operating characteristic curve
    13. Gas supply and pressure
    14. The circle system
    15. The Mapleson A (Magill) breathing system
    16. T-pieces
    17. Lung filling with automatic lung ventilators
    Part II. Clinical Measurement:
    1. Basic measurement concepts
    2. Electromanometers, frequency response and damping
    3. Pulse oximeter principle
    4. Oxygen content and oxygen tension measurement
    5. Capnography
    6. [H+], pH and its measurement
    7. Principles of measurement of volume and flow in gases and liquids
    8. Cardiac output measurement by thermal dilution technique
    9. Measurement of the mechanical properties of the chest
    10. Lung volumes and their measurement
    Part IIIa. Physiology: the Cardiovascular System:
    1. The cardiac cycle and the intravascular pressure waveforms
    2. Cardiovascular effects of intermittent positive pressure ventilation
    3. Control of cardiac output, regulation of cardiac function
    4. Cardiac cycle: pressure-volume relationships
    5. Blood pressure and blood volume relationship
    6. Cerebral blood flow
    7. Coronary circulation
    Part IIIb. Physiology: The Respiratory System:
    1. Oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve
    2. Respiratory mechanics 1: Static properties, factors affecting compliance, closing volume
    3. Respiratory mechanics 2: Dynamic properties, factors affecting resistance
    4. Ventilation-perfusion relationship
    5. Oxygen cascade, oxygen therapy and shunt fraction
    6. Gas R line, solution of the ventilation/perfusion model
    7. Ventilatory response to oxygen
    8. Ventilatory response to carbon dioxide
    Part IV. Pharmacology:
    1. Drug elimination
    2. Uptake and distribution of inhalational anaesthetic agents
    3. Pharmacodynamic effects of drugs
    4. Minimum alveolar concentration and lipid solubility
    5. Receptor types, molecular action of anaesthetics
    6. Context sensitive half-time.

  • Author

    Sylva Dolenska, William Harvey Hospital, Kent
    Sylva Dolenska was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and attended medical school at Charles University, Prague. After moving to Britain in 1982, she trained as an anaesthetist, and has been a consultant since 2000. She is currently Consultant Anaesthetist at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, and has also acquired the KSS Deanery Certificate in Teaching. Her other key professional interests are airway management and obstetric anaesthesia.


    • Highly Commended in the 2007 BMA Medical Book Awards

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