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Physics in Anaesthesia: for FRCA candidates, ODPs and nurse anaesthetists [Paperback]

Ben Middleton , Simon Stacey , Rik Thomas , Justin Phillips
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28 Feb 2012 1904842984 978-1904842989 Oxon ed
From reviews:
"Overall, Physics in Anaesthesia succeeds in providing a concise and easy to read review text covering what has historically been a dry and difficult to present topic. The book is easy to understand and sufficiently covers most topics one would expect from such a book. It seems well suited for those studying for exams, but it can also serve as a good reference text for all levels of anesthesia providers. "
Anesthesiology (2013)

"This is an excellent refreshing and practical text when compared with various older textbooks on physics for anesthesia…. The text is written in a concise, uncomplicated, and easily understood manner, and representative clinical scenarios are often used…. In my view, this is a superb teaching textbook on basic physics…. I would recommend this textbook to our Anesthesia Post-Graduate Program!"
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (2012) 59: 1161–1162

"...a refreshing change from the more traditional textbooks with their pages of derivations and small, bland, obscure figures..."
Technic: The Journal of Operating Department Practice, May 2012 Volume Issue 3

"...this text provides a fantastic resource for those wishing to consolidate their learning... A major strength of this book is its clear writing style. The well organised text is supported by excellent diagrams and highlighted key terms. There are clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, with a short summary and a multiple choice question test at the end... Overall, this is an excellent resource and essential revision tool."

Nursing Standard, June 2012, 30: vol. 26 no. 41

Physics in Anaesthesia caters especially for those who consider themselves non-physicists. Now firmly established on the FRCA reading list, it covers the FRCA syllabus in an informative and accessible way from the very basics, and provides an important link between theory and practice.

Worked examples highlight the relevance to clinical practice, and along with graphs and charts, make the basics of physics understandable not only to doctors, but also to operating department practitioners and students. It does not assume that readers will have A level physics.

Two different types of self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter will test understanding of the key concepts, while a summary section for each topic is ideal as a rapid refresher, highlighting any problem areas.

Contents

1 Atoms and matter
2 Simple mechanics
3 Energy and power
4 Temperature and heat
5 Waves
6 Pressure measurement
7 Humidity
8 Measurement of gas flow
9 The gas laws
10 Diffusion, osmosis and solubility
11 Measuring gas and vapour concentrations
12 Vaporizers
13 Medical gas supplies
14 Breathing systems and ventilation
15 Optics
16 Blood flow measurement
17 Equipment management
18 Basics of electricity
19 Electromagnetism and alternating current
20 Electrical shocks and safety
21 Electrocardiography, pacing and defibrillation
22 Processing, storage and display
23 Ultrasound
24 Lasers
25 Magnetic resonance imaging
26 Nuclear physics and radiation
27 Basic mathematical concepts
28 Physical quantities and SI units
29 Statistics

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scion Publishing Ltd; Oxon ed edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904842984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904842989
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a book specifically for anesthesia professionals written by Anesthetists, Physicists and Perfusionists. After reading the book cover to cover I can say without reservation, it is most certainly the easiest book on physics I have ever read. The simple and intuitive layout, easy to understand diagrams, relevant objectives and the quizzes at the end of each chapter help me expand my understanding of topics I was already a master of. That is saying something. This book is not just a 'must have' for students of anesthesia and any prospective anesthesia students looking to brush up before training but also for the working Nurse Anesthetists as a quick and easy to use reference." --www.nurse-anesthesia.org, June 2012

"With its sole focus on the laws of physics needed for a better understanding and working knowledge of anesthesia techniques, this is a unique book. The topics are covered concisely and simply. The book is extremely easy to read, making going through a topic a fun exercise." --Doody, May 2013

"With its sole focus on the laws of physics needed for a better understanding and working knowledge of anesthesia techniques, this is a unique book. The topics are covered concisely and simply. The book is extremely easy to read, making going through a topic a fun exercise." --Doody, May 2013

"With its sole focus on the laws of physics needed for a better understanding and working knowledge of anesthesia techniques, this is a unique book. The topics are covered concisely and simply. The book is extremely easy to read, making going through a topic a fun exercise." --Doody, May 2013

"Its warm and familiar style of writing makes it accessible for all. Throughout each of the 29 chapters, there was a real feel that the authors knew what was needed of you... Many of the questions I spent hours flicking through appendices in other books for were clearly answered here.... There is a nice feel to this book. It is as if someone has sat down and really thought about each chapter. It feels more like your clever friend than a textbook. Current curriculums have been considered, as have common themes and questions... In conclusion, although I have always believed that examination topics, with all randomness and occasional obscurity, can and never will be fully covered by a solo text, this book comes close. It is an excellent core text for anyone needing to learn physics in anaesthesia." --European Journal of Anaesthesiology, April 2014

About the Author

Simon Stacey (MBBS FRCA) is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist based at the London Chest Hospital. He is co-author of Essential of Anaesthetic Equipment, now in its fourth edition. Rik Thomas (MBBS FRCA) is a Specialist Trainee at Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia. He presents a podcast for trainee anaesthetists at www.gascast.co.uk. Justin Phillips (BSc PhD MIPEM) is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at City University London. He studied physics at Durham University. Ben Middleton (BSc SOPGBI RN) is a Lead Perfusionist based at St Bartholomew s Hospital and a Visiting Lecturer at City University London. He studied physics at Bristol University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, well written 6 Jun 2013
By Styv
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Great for the part 1 FRCA, really practical and relevant info, well worth the money! MCQs and SBA at the end of each chapter, perfect. Was dreading reading about physics, but in the end it was a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Understandable 8 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
An excellent, detailed overview of medical physics, not just for anaesthetists, but for anyone working with medical electronics / medical physics equipment.
I run an MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics, and will recommend this book to all my students, as a clear detailed outline of a wide range of the equipment they need to understand, with excellent worked examples, helping them understand the clinical basis associated with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 31 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
An excellent book for all grades of anaesthetist, but particularly for those studying for the FRCA.
Useful, too, for ODPs and other anaesthetic practitioners.

Well laid out, good diagrams, good examples, and appropriate detail.

I'll be recommending this to all my trainees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Physics in Anaesthesia Book 27 Mar 2012
By Becky VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent textbook for anaesthetists studying for the FRCA. Covers everything in the syllabus. Clear and concise diagrams and explainations. I will be recommending this book to my trainees.
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By Alex
Format:Paperback
Firstly let me state that this review is based on a sample copy I received from the publisher for review purposes but that this review will be unbiased and honest. I am a senior lecturer for a DipHE ODP course and I also run the post registration anaesthetic modules for our degree students. I regularly teach physics to ODP's and theatre nurses. I was therefore asked to review this book.

This is without a doubt the most understandable anaesthetic physics book I have come accross and I have read and own most of them. The book is clearly laid out and written in an easy to understand language and style. Diagrams, charts and figures are used apprpriately to help explain many key concepts. I do like the authors' use of analogies for some of the topics. For example, they explain viscosity by comparing pouring treacle to pouring milk etc and then discuss why there are differences (I wont spoil it for you but it does go a little deeper). They then take this further to explain how these concepts affect blood flow for example(amongst other things).

I dont think we will ever see the ideal phsyics book for anaesthesia and this book also requires the reader to at least have a very basic understanding of science to around average GCSE level in order to get the most out of it in my opinion. Having said that it is the simplest and easiest to understand book on this topic I have read but thats not to say that it is light on information. It covers subjects to a fairly deep level. Certainly deep enough for any ODP or theatre nurse as well as FRCA primary level so good for all you FY2's out there.

My only criticism would be that the maths chapter is a little light and only briefly skims topics but then what would you expect! Maths can fill whole books by itself.
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