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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aisling Conran, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This fifth edition book, last published in 1994, reflects the continuing need to update comprehensive texts in the increasingly complex field of anesthesia.
Purpose: The editors review the entire spectrum of anesthesiology. Each chapter contains a thorough discussion of a particular topic, which leads to some overlap of material, yet these chapters dovetail nicely with each other, with comparisons and contrasts in the differing opinions that exist in this evolving field. The worthy goal of providing a most complete analysis and presentation of the field of anesthesia is met by this well-written, well-illustrated text.
Audience: This is a great package of information for anesthesia residents and practitioners. As always, a thorough consideration of pertinent topics is presented as well as the additional new areas of interest. Most of the contributors are well known professors at prestigious anesthesia residency programs.
Features: All areas of anesthesia are discussed, with the addition of new areas such as information technology. Chapters are broken down into subsections, such as preoperative assessment, subspecialty management, monitoring, etc. A CD-ROM enhances the learning and reviewing process with visual aids to the reader; there are also video portions in which technical procedures are performed, and these also enhance the reader's appreciation for the complexity of the procedure while simplifying the pertinent points. A CD graphic placed in the text denotes a pertinent video section available on the CD-ROM. An effective index and bulleted overviews of chapters are also helpful. Color graphics, headings, and titles draw attention and enable the reader to more easily locate specific information in the text and read and understand the illustrations more easily. Both the quality and quantity of references is appropriate. The text is broken up into two volumes, and this groups subspecialty management with critical care into the second volume but makes the first volume heavier than the second.
Assessment: As in the past, this compilation continues to be the most comprehensive anesthesia text. With the addition of color, more illustrations, and the CD-ROM, this book is now easier to read and understand than ever before.