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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Long K. Han, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a concise reference aimed at the emergency medicine and anesthesia trainee audience. It is a part of the Oxford University series of handbooks in emergency medicine.
Purpose: The authors are specialists in emergency medicine and anesthesiology. Their goal is to provide a practical source for the management of the emergency patient who may require anesthesia and analgesia, and to provide a resource that will enhance cooperation between the anesthesiologist and the emergency medicine physician.
Audience: The targeted audience is emergency medicine department staff members and anesthesia residents/trainees. The content, as such, is clearly presented and can be used as a quick review source.
Features: A strength of this textbook is the presentation of modern resuscitative concepts based on the 1997 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines. The chapter on nerve blocks is well written, with line art that illustrates key points placed strategically throughout. The British background of the authors gives us a fascinating glimpse into the European approach to emergency medicine. This British flavor unfortunately also leads to the use of British drug names, some of which may be unfamiliar to the American audience.
Assessment: This second edition is a welcome addition to the library of practitioners of anesthesia and emergency medicine.