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on 11 March 2013
It's very clearly written with the first 56 pages written about ABGs followed by 25 cases to practice.
I was slightly disappointed because I thought that for the amount I paid, there would be more information in it. The pages look slightly scare and theres usually some words on the left page and a diagram on the right page. Not all the diagrams are fantastic or useful e.g. there is a picture of the lungs with the ribs, trachea and loebs labelled. Sometimes it seemed like the diagram was there for the sake of taking up some space. Even the pages with words weren't always filled up. It's very easy to read. I don't think I even saw the work "chemoreceptors" under the physiology section. The term they used was "specialised receptors".
1) I found about half the cases quite useful. The answers span about half to one page. They are all very well explained and not unnecessarily wordy. I especially like the cases that were linked to the previous case because you get to see how ABGs can change as the disease progresses.
2) It's colourful. So even if the diagrams aren't useful, the colours make it a more pleasant to look at and get through.
3) The 2 pages on oxygen delivery masks held some pretty good points that weren't brought up in my ABG lectures
4) The little note boxes: Those were quite relevant and informative.
Otherwise, expect something quite basic. If you have not read anything on ABGs, start with this book. But if you're a 2nd or 3rd year, then maybe you'd do better borrowing it from the library and making some notes. It took me a few hours to get through it and take notes, coffee breaks included. It is quite pricey for the size and content.