"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. "
"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.
1 Atoms and matter
2 Simple mechanics
3 Energy and power
4 Temperature and heat
6 Pressure measurement
8 Measurement of gas flow
9 The gas laws
10 Diffusion, osmosis and solubility
11 Measuring gas and vapour concentrations
13 Medical gas supplies
14 Breathing systems and ventilation
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
25 Magnetic resonance imaging
26 Nuclear physics and radiation
27 Basic mathematical concepts
28 Physical quantities and SI units