One year of college physics is usually sufficient to satisfy the physics prerequisites of the admission offices of most medical schools in the United States. As a result, the beginning resident in radiology, surgery, anesthesiology, or other disciplines concerned with basic physical principles is often faced with the consideration of fairly sophisticated physical concepts with no more background than a course in sophomore physics taken perhaps seven years previously.
This apparently is not true in the University of Queensland. This text, which attempts to present a general survey of physics which would have relevance to biophysics, was originally written for medical students at that university. Not only is this idea commendable but, in my opinion, may soon become a necessity. In the present era of patient monitoring, automated prosthetic devices, computer processing of clinical data, artificial organs, radioisotopes, and ultrasonics, all represent techniques of physics applied not to research but