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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J. Young, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The second edition of this book describes the pathophysiology and anesthetic implications of an extensive and thorough list of pediatric diseases. It is designed as a comprehensive reference for all practicing anesthesiologists, including pediatric specialists.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to provide a detailed summary of background information and all reported anesthesia studies and case reports on uncommon pediatric diseases. The extensive magnitude of this project and the lack of reported anesthetic techniques and outcomes limits the utility of this text for many of the rare disease entities.
Audience: The target audience for this book is practicing anesthesiologists, whether or not they specialize in pediatrics. The book is appropriately written for this audience.
Features: The book is organized by organ system and by families of the various diseases (e.g., genetic disorders). The illustrations are black-and-white and are generally of good quality. As with many multiauthored books, the quantity and quality of references vary chapter to chapter. The second edition has many newer references that generally represent the available literature very well. However, for many of the disease states, there is little or no information available, and the contributors must extrapolate or provide personal insights regarding care. The index allows easy access to key concepts.
Assessment: Despite the limitations of the available clinical experience and the anecdotal nature of a large portion of the referenced case reports, the authors provide a thorough summary of the pathophysiology and anesthetic implications of a wide variety of both common and uncommon pediatric diseases. To attempt a text of this broad spectrum is difficult and fraught with hazard, but with few exceptions, this reference book provides an excellent source of known information regarding the diseases of children.