Physics for Anesthesiologists

From Daily Life to the Operating Room

  • Antonio Pisano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gases, Bubbles and Surroundings

  3. Fluids in Motion: Masks, Tubes, and Hemodynamics

  4. Hemodynamic Monitoring

  5. Forces in Action

  6. Inhalational Anesthesia

  7. Waves

  8. And Finally…

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-171

About this book


This book discusses, explains and provides detailed, up-to-date information on physics applied to clinical practice in anesthesiology, with the aid of simple examples from daily life. Almost everything that happens around us, including in the operating room and intensive care units, can be explained by physical laws. An awareness and understanding of relatively simple laws such as Bernoulli’s theorem, Hagen-Poiseuille equation and Pascal’s principle, to name just a few, offer anesthesiologists and intensivists fascinating insights into why they do what they do.

Each of the 16 chapters starts with an everyday phenomenon, explains it with a physical law, and then shows why that law is important in anesthesia practice. Numerous illustrations are included for extra clarity.

It is intended for anesthesiologists, intensivists, anesthesia teachers, anesthesia trainees, and medical students.


Hemodynamic monitoring Near-infrared spectroscopy Anesthesia equipment Volatile anesthetics Thermodilution

Authors and affiliations

  • Antonio Pisano
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiac Anesthesia and ICUAORN Dei Colli, Monaldi HospitalNaplesItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57329-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57330-4
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