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This book is really an updated version of our 1997 book Cardiopulmonary Physiology in Anesthesia by Levitzky, Hall, and McDonough. It includes other areas of physiology besides cardiovascular and pulmonary, presented for anesthesiology residents and anesthetists and nurse anesthesia students and nurse anesthetists. We have added another major author, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD who was head of the Department of Anesthesiology at LSUHSC-NO, but is now vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSUHSC-Shreveport, as well as a couple of medical students.

Anesthesiological practice depends on the basic sciences of physiology and pharmacology, and this book is our attempt to summarize the main aspects of physiology to anesthesiology. As we stated in the preface to our previous book: “While anesthesia is intended to block or diminish the physiologic responses to painful stimuli, as well as the perception of pain, the neurologic effects are not the only important consideration. Circulatory and respiratory effects of anesthesia and perioperative events are also vital concerns. Additionally, interactions with the patient’s pathophysiology can crucially affect the anesthetic course.”

We would like to thank our spouses, children, and colleagues for their support as we worked on this project.

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