Principles of Physiology for the Anaesthetist

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Weight 453.59 g
Dimensions 189 × 246 mm
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Peter Kam

This book provides readers with an anaesthesia-focused alternative to general physiology textbooks. The new edition has been reorganised with the trainee anaesthesist in mind, into shorter bite-sized chapters ideal for exam revision.  The content includes the physiology of all major organ systems, with specific emphasis on the nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems as well as special sections on pain, aging, specific environments and obesity.  Alongside the learning objectives, reflection points and a handy summary of physiological equations and tables, there is greater emphasis on clinical application in this fourth edition, with applied physiology included in almost every section.

Preface to the first edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the third edition

Preface to fourth edition




Section One: Basic Cell Physiology

1. Cell Components and Function

2. Physiology of Excitable Cells

3. Neurotransmitters and Receptors, Ion Channels, G Proteins and Second Messengers

Section Two: Physiology of the Nervous System

4. Neuronal Function

5. Blood–Brain Barrier and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)

6. Cerebral Circulation

7. Spinal Cord: Anatomical and Physiological Features

8. Sensory System

9. Motor Function and Control: Descending Tracts

10. Autonomic Nervous System

11. Consciousness, EEG, Sleep and Emotions

Section Three: Muscle Physiology

12. Striated Muscles: Skeletal and Cardiac Muscles

13. Muscle Spindles, Golgi Tendon Organs and Spinal Reflexes

14. Smooth Muscle

Section Four: Respiratory Physiology

15. Functions of the Respiratory System

16. Mechanical Properties of the Lungs

17. Gas Exchange in the Lungs

18. Carriage of Oxygen in Blood

19. Carbon Dioxide Carriage in Blood

20. Pulmonary Circulation

21. Control of Ventilation

22. Applied Respiratory Physiology

Section Five: Cardiovascular Physiology

23. Functions of the Cardiovascular System

24. Electrical Properties of the Heart

25. Mechanical Events of the Cardiac Cycle

26. Pressure–Volume Loop of the Left Ventricle

27. Physical Factors Governing Blood Flow Through Vessels

28. The Systemic Circulation

29. Microcirculation

30. Venous Return and Vascular Function

31. Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure

32. Integrated Cardiovascular Responses

Section Six: Gastrointestinal Physiology

33. Saliva, Swallowing, and Lower Oesophageal Sphincter

34. Stomach: Gastric Secretions, Motility, Digestion and Vomiting

35. The Small Intestine: Secretions, Digestion and Motility

36. The Large Intestine

Section Seven: Liver Physiology

37. Functions of the Liver

38. Liver Blood Flow

39. Liver Function Tests and Physiological Features of Liver Failure

Section Eight: Renal Physiology

40. Functions of the Kidneys and Functional Anatomy

41. Renal Blood Flow

42. Glomerular Filtration

43. Tubular Function

44. The Loop of Henle and Production of Concentrated Urine: Counter-Current Mechanisms of the Kidney

45. Overview of Renal Control of Acid–Base Balance

46. Applied Physiology: Renal Failure

Section Nine: Acid–Base Physiology

47. Basic Concepts of Acid–Base Physiology

48. Compensatory Mechanisms in Acid–Base Disorders

49. Clinical Aspects of Acid–Base Control

50. Anion Gap and Stewart’s Strong Ion Difference

Section Ten: Physiology of Blood

51. Cellular Components of Blood

52. Plasma: The Non-Cellular Components of Blood

53. Haemostasis

54. Blood Transfusion

Section Eleven: Physiology of the Immune System

55. Immune System and Innate Immunity

56. Acquired Immunity

57. Cytokines

58. Hypersensitivity

Section Twelve: Endocrine Physiology

59. General Aspects of Endocrine Physiology

60. Pituitary Gland

61. Hormones of the Pancreas

62. Thyroid Hormones and Calcium Metabolism

63. Hormones of the Adrenal Gland

64. Erythropoietin, Atrial Natriuretic Peptide and Sex Hormones

Section Thirteen: Metabolism, Nutrition, Exercise and Temperature Regulation

65. Metabolism

66. Nutrition

67. Exercise Physiology

68. Temperature Regulation

Section Fourteen: Physiology of Pain

69. Peripheral Mechanisms of Pain

70. Central Modulation of Pain

71. Pain Sensitization

Section Fifteen: Physiology of Pregnancy, Placenta, Neonate, Ageing and Obesity

72. Physiology of Pregnancy

73. Physiology of the Placenta

74. Physiology of the Neonate

75. Physiology of Ageing

76. Physiology of Obesity

Section Sixteen: Special Environments

77. Physiology Related to Special Environments

Further reading




Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown, Australia


Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom