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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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Book Review – Better: A surgeon’s notes on performance

Posted in Book / Article Reviews, Smarty pants with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by The Beaver Medic

Better: a Surgeon’s notes on performance is written by General Surgeon and staff writer for The New Yorker Dr. Atul Gawande. Better was released in 2007 and precedes Gawande’s 2009 NYT best seller, The Checklist Manifesto.

I thank Steve Whitehead of The EMT Spot for including a link to an @ Google Talk video of Atul in his March newsletter. I will mimic Steve in encouraging you to watch the video, it is well worth the 58 minutes.

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