Basic Physics and Measurement in Anaesthesia


  • P.D. Davis
  • G. Parbrook, MD, FFARCS, Formerly Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, Department of Anaesthesia, The Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
  • Gavin Kenny, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCA, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Glasgow; Head of Anaesthesia, HCI International, Glasgow, UK

As in the previous editions, the authors have clearly defined the principles of clinical measurement. Mathematics are kept to a simple, understandable level with the frequent use of practical examples.

Well established at the level between undergraduate teaching and advanced medical physics, this extensively illustrated book is for trainees and examination candidates in anesthesia and intensive care. Senior nursing, operating theatre and intensive care staff will also find it appropriate.
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Book information

  • Published: April 1995
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-1713-0


Pressure; Fluid flow; Volume and flow measurement; The gas laws; Natural exponential functions; Solubility; Diffusion and osmosis; Work, energy and power; Temperature; Heat capacity and latent heat; Vaporizers; Humidification; The sine wave and wave patterns; Electricity; Biological electrical potentials: their display and recording; Electrical safety; Blood pressure measurement; Oxygen measurement; Measurements of (H+) and CO2; Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry; Gas supplies; Breathing and scavenging systems; Fires and explosions; Isotapes and radiation; Presentation and handling data