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Book/blog Review – Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base companion/PB

Posted in Blog Reviews, Book / Article Reviews, Free Free Free, Renal with tags , on April 30, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

The fluid, electrolyte and acid-base companion was written by Sarah Faubel, MD and Joel Topf, MD. Joel writes the very well-produced nephrology blog PB (Precious body) Fluids. More on that later.

The book’s 591 pages describe bodily homeostasis in regards to fluid and electrolyte balance as well as the various pathologies that can arise from imbalances. Included are both theoretical explanations of the anatomy and physiology underlying these concepts as well as clinical assessment and treatment information. What I like most about this book is the organizational approach the authors took, similar to Dale Dubin’s Rapid Interpretation of EKGs. Most pages have a large, very well illustrated, image at the top. After some easy to navigate theory there are short questions at the bottom. For a learner with a poor (I mean really poor) background in chemistry and biology I digested each section very quickly.

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Posted in Free Free Free, Smarty pants with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

Salman Khan that is. Creator of the Khan academy. Who did you think I was talking about?

I have asserted before that the best resources the internet has to offer are free. Wolfram alpha, podcasts, Wikipedia and the Khan academy are but a few examples. Hosted on Salman has produced over 1,300 short (10-20 min) videos in 32 Categories. I stumbled across the site while researching haemoglobin (a component of red blood cells). Salman created a 14 min video explaining haemoglobin and it is just one of 58 biology oriented videos. Other topics include mathematics (from 2+2 to advanced calculus), physics, human anatomy & physiology, chemistry and economics just to name a few.

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Free Stuff – Wolfram Alpha

Posted in Free Free Free, Nerd Stuff on March 27, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

You know, I really sympathize with the Ted Kaczynski types. Technology has become the scourge of our earth. We would all be well advised to abandon our computers and smart phones to make retreat to the bush. Instead of blogging we can concern ourselves with matters of consequence, like food or not having antibiotics.

Have you heard of Wolfram Alpha? Regardless of its mathematical ability I enjoy the site just by attempting to stump it. Check out this introductory video narrated by the site’s director Steven Wolfram.

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