Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key concepts for the FRCA.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Publisher: Australian Society of Anaesthetists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Australian Society of Anaesthetists ISSN: 0310-057X|
|Issue:||Date: Sept, 2008 Source Volume: 36 Source Issue: 5|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA (Nonfiction work)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Cross, M. E.; Plunkett, E. V. E.|
Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for
Anaesthetists: Key concepts for the FRCA. M. E.
Cross, E. V. E. Plunkett; Cambridge University
Press, The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road,
Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK; $89.95; 155x235 mm;
pp. 248; ISBN: 978-0-521-70044-3.
The title appears impossibly broad for a book that is less than 250 pages and the size of a slim novel (I read it in a day) but the subtitle is spot on: "Key concepts for the FRCA". That is exactly what is presented here: pithy definitions, important principles, equations, simple line graphs. These latter graphs are the real strength of the book, as each one is as you would draw it in a short answer question or in a viva, with relevant values and a discussion of the salient points.
The book is divided into 10 sections that broadly cover the gamut of material required for the FANZCA primary exam. There is a section on mathematical principles and a superb section on physical principles. The three sections on pharmacological principles contained most of the graphs that anyone was asked to draw at the recent primary pharmacology vivas. There are four sections on physiology (respiratory, cardiovascular, renal and neurophysiology) and one on statistics.
The book fills an important niche in the market for relevant texts for the primary, as it is not trying to be the last word on anything but simply trying to get across the important concepts--some of which are harder to extract from the more definitive works. I lent it to a registrar who is working towards the next sitting and had difficulty prising it from determined hands to write this review!
Who should buy it? I would recommend it to every basic trainee and every consultant who ever gets pestered for a viva.
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