Respiratory Care Sciences: An Integrated Approach / Edition 4

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The newest edition of this comprehensive text highlights the fundamental principles and concepts of basic science material pertinent to the clinical practice of respiratory therapy, and to various aspects of cardiopulmonary physiology, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbiology, and physiological chemistry. The text takes many basic science theories, laws, and tenets and applies them to real-life examples. Numerous examples and an appendix of step-by-step solutions and answers to over 500 practice problems are included to guide learners along the path to complete understanding. The text presents learners with multiple opportunities to work through formulas and mathematical problems they will encounter clinically. Quick reference formulas appear on the inside front and back covers directing readers to the specific page where the formula is discussed.
(RT, RTT, Respiratory Care, Respiratory Therapy, Resp. Care, Resp. Therapy, RC)

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: In its fourth edition, this book continues to teach the basic fundamental principles of mathematics, statistics, chemistry, and physics as they apply to the clinical practice of respiratory therapy. This is an update from the 1996 edition.
Purpose: The book is intended primarily to meet the basic science needs for respiratory therapy programs, but would serve as a solid resource for respiratory therapists as well. This edition meets those objectives.
Audience: It is written primarily for students in respiratory care programs. The author is an expert in his field.
Features: Each chapter starts with an introductory paragraph followed by chapter objectives and accompanying bullet points. Key terms are bolded within the text. Where applicable, a section of formulas follows. Tables, examples, and excellent illustrations are used to promote reader mastery of the material. Objectives covered in the chapter have a corresponding practice problems section. Each chapter ends with a chapter summary with bolded key terms and a review questions section. Oddly, the solutions to the practice problems and answers to the chapter review questions are not found in this book, but in the instructor's manual.
Assessment: This is a no-nonsense, solid textbook for students in respiratory care programs. Biochemical advances in physiology as well as advances in the physics of mechanical ventilation necessitate this and future editions. The author may want to consider adding the step-by-step solutions to the practice problems as well as the answers to the chapter review questions in the next edition of this fine book.
This text introduces the core principles and concepts that are most important in the clinical practice of respiratory therapy, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbiology, and physiological chemistry. Wojciechowski (cardiorespiratory care, U. of South Alabama, Mobile) uses examples and 500-plus practice problems with answers help apply the basic scientific theories to practical issues, such as calculating airway resistance, graphing static and dynamic compliance curves, and calculating shunt problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Strength: likes the idea of summarizing the math and science concepts, particularly as a student resource. This book contains good coverage on several topics that confuse respiratory students the most." - Robin Garland, Firelands College, Bowling Green State University, OH

"The advantage of our textbook is that it is worth referring back to when students/practitioners need to clarify concepts. " - Ruben Restrepo, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401864910
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William V. Wojciechowski, MS, RRT is an Associate Professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mathematics 1
Ch. 2 Algebra 89
Ch. 3 Chemistry 123
Ch. 4 Physics 189
Ch. 5 Statistics 323
Ch. 6 Physiologic Chemistry 387
Ch. 7 Microbiology 461
Appendices 498
Appendix A - Solutions and Answers to Practice Problems 498
Appendix B - Logarithm Tables 567
Appendix C - Statistics Tables 570
Glossary 572
Index 589
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