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From The CriticsReviewer: Martin H Dauber, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book details the technical, logistical, reimbursement, and other issues related to the provision of anesthesia outside of the operating room.
Purpose: Indeed, this comprehensive book covers all of the areas where anesthesia services are growing as an integral part of diagnostic and interventional procedures.
Audience: It is intended for anesthesiologists and nonanesthesiologists (e.g. gastroenterologists, cardiologists, radiologists) involved in these cases. However, it is my belief that our nonanesthesiology colleagues have no interest in this field, other than caring about the service. The editors have good credentials, and they have assembled a group of excellent authors.
Features: General anesthesia topics such as preoperative preparation, techniques, and monitoring are explored first, followed by many chapters dealing with each and every off-site situation. Additional chapters on military and homeland disasters, in-flight problems, and rapid detoxification conclude the book, although they seem somewhat out of place. Chapters on each of the sites are uniformly excellent in their presentation of the general issues and the anesthesia choices/conflicts that are locally relevant. The book, perhaps, is too comprehensive, in that much of this material is readily available elsewhere and it has the effect of diluting the excellent coverage of the relevant topics.
Assessment: This is the first comprehensive anesthesia book dealing with the evolving field of anesthesia outside the operating room. The chapters that cover these locales are outstanding and thorough. They present basic scientific and clinical information necessary for anesthesiologists to understand the need for and relevance of our expertise. Chapters on topics relevant for anesthesia in the operating room, although also comprehensive, tend to dilute the overall focus of this book.