Saturday, February 11, 2012

Free book on heart function!

Besides free advice, The A&P Professor is also a big fan of free resources and references.  And here's a set of free resources that will help give you a new perspective on cardiovascular function, particularly the factors that affect cardiac output.

I was recently contacted by Doug Anderson, a relative of the late cardiac surgeon, educator, and inventor Robert M. Anderson.  Doug told me about their family's efforts to make Dr. Anderson's contributions to understanding cardiovascular function widely available to the educational community.

Besides a FREE downloadable textbook outlining an approach to understanding cardiovascular function that is different than what you might be used to, there is also a FREE video that summarizes Anderson's concepts.

The video features Anderson himself walking the viewer through the operation of an elegant pump that he designed and built for teaching purposes. For a deeper understanding of the fluid dynamics behind cardiac function, you should consider watching the video.

By the way, this textbook has a  Creative Commons license that allows you to use all or part of it FREE in your course!

Anderson with his circulation model 
If you are looking for a FREE "medical school lesson" on the factors that influence blood flow, then check out these resources:

Want to know more?

Free textbook
Gross Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
Robert M. Anderson
PDF (printable) 
Kindle and ePub formats coming soon!

Free video
The Determinants of Cardiac Output
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center with Robert M. Anderson et. al.
Illustrated transcript

Free website
Gross Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
Includes additional resources
Anderson's approach is a bit different than what many of us are used to.  Tell me what you think!