Aug. 24th, 2014

Physiology

Aug. 24th, 2014 12:04 pm
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Yesterday's lecture was on physiology. In 8 hours, a UNH professor covered what she normally teaches over a 90-hour/semester long course. It was a lot of material, to put it mildly -- I got home and just sat drooling in a cup for an hour.

That being said, it was intensely interesting. There was a brief summation of gross anatomy for around an hour, and then into the meat of physiology. Everything from metabolism to how all that affects acute diseases we see in the field: the visiting professor was an A-EMT herself, so she could talk to us about things that mattered to us from her own personal experience, not some abstract idea of "well, you should probably know this..." 
It's the kind of thing I'd like to take a more in-depth course on (perhaps that 90-hour version) because for as many questions she answered, there were at least a dozen that popped up. I ended up taking around 15 pages of notes, which at times was as fast as I could keep up.

Something that was curious (and I asked her about during breaks) is that my normal assumptions about chemistry don't always hold true in physiology -- being potassium deficient can make your body's acid-base balance more basic, but it makes sense when you realize that the hydrogen is seen as "similar" by the body, so it's being eliminated, skewing the balance.

Useful was the discussion of how metabolism affects not just the obvious things like diabetes, but also the non-obvious things like cardiology, mainly because we're all walking chemistry labs, and sometimes physics does things you'd rather it didn't.

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