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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin D Chen, M.D., M.P.H.(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book succinctly covers a broad range of topics in sufficient detail to provide an appropriate introduction to the foundations and clinical practice of anesthesia, using case presentations to reinforce and demonstrate the clinical applicability of key material.
Purpose: As a resource for third-year medical students completing their clinical rotation in anesthesiology, this book provides an introduction to the clinical practice of anesthesiology in a format that suits what is typically a short rotation with many competing educational goals. Its scope is sufficient to prepare students for most clinical situations that they should encounter during their rotation, while the authors take care to avoid excessive detail and effectively distill complex topics to an appropriate level for their intended audience. Its laconic style makes it eminently readable — the first 16 chapters, covering most of the foundations of anesthesia care, can be finished over the course of a leisurely day, and subsequent subspecialty chapters can be covered in detail in 30 minutes to an hour at most.
Audience: The authors review material at a level that is appropriate for their target audience of third-year medical students and make good use of clinical cases to reinforce key concepts and demonstrate the clinical relevance of material.
Features: As an introduction to anesthesiology, this book covers general topics such as pharmacology and airway management as well as most of the anesthesia subspecialties that a student is likely to encounter (with the possible exception of transplantation surgery, which is not covered in any depth). The general content is well written and concise and the subspecialty chapters are brief enough that third-year students should be able to rapidly read them in preparation for an unexpected case while providing sufficient detail to enhance their learning experience and enable them to demonstrate knowledge of key anesthetic concepts. Students in more advanced, fourth-year medical student rotations and residents may want a more detailed treatment of the material covered in this book, but they are not the book's intended audience.
Assessment: This is an excellent introduction to the specialty for third-year medical students, covering a broad range of material at a sufficient depth to be useful, and providing a good structure for a comprehensive course of self-directed study to enhance the value of a short and sometimes chaotic clinical rotation.
(David B. Glick, MD, MBA (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine) collaborated on this review.)