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The Heart and Circulation


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PART I - Early Embryo Circulation.- Introduction.- Early Embryo Circulation - Morphologic Features.- The Onset of Circulation.- Hemodynamics of the Early Embryo Circulation.- Flow Patterns in the Early Embryo Circulation.- Heart Vortex Formation.- Is There a Circulation Without a Heart? .- Embryo Heart is not a Peristaltic Pump.- Flow Perturbation Experiments.- Heart Rate Perturbations.- The Heart as Generator of Pressure.- Ventriculo-Vascular Interaction.- A Brief Comparative Phylogeny.- Evolutionary Aspect of the Rhythmical System.- PART II - Mature Circulation.- Functional Morphology of the Heart.- Regulation of Cardiac Output.- Models of the Heart.- Cardiovascular Response during Exercise.- Hemodynamic Effects of Aortic Occlusion.- Increased Pulmonary Flows.- Single Ventricle Physiology.- Blood as an Organ.

About the Author

Branko Furst, MD, FFARCSI, graduated from University of Ljubljana Medical School, Slovenia in 1978 and spent a year practicing family medicine. After completing a residency in anesthesiology at various London (UK) hospitals he worked a short time as an emergency room physician, and then continued his career in anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. The author currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, where his time is shared between clinical work, resident teaching and research.


"Dr. Furst has commendably reviewed the origin and historical development of the heart-as-a-pump concept and amassed, as well, a very considerable weight of evidence undermining it and supporting an alternative model of the heart as an organ of impedance. This book will be particularly well received by all those who, like myself, experience a growing lack of confidence in the cardiocentric model of circulation. ... I recommend this book to all open-minded cardiovascular physiology enthusiasts without reservation ... ." (Anthony M. O'Leary, Anesthesiology, Vol. 124 (4), April, 2016)"With this monograph Branko Furst succeeded to lay a foundation for a new physiology of the cardiovascular system. His excellent overview and presentation of a wide selection of topics is presented with clarity and depth of knowledge. ... this book will serve as a basis for a more encompassing, specifically human cardiovascular physiology arising from the evolutionary-biologic model of circulation." (Original book review in German language, Hans Christoph Kummell, Der Merkurstab, Vol. 67 (3), 2014)

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