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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Chung-Yuan Lin, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a comprehensive review of anticoagulation, hemostasis, and blood preservation during cardiovascular surgery.
Purpose: The author intends to provide an updated review of the most important developments in blood anticoagulation and blood preservation and their application in cardiovascular surgery. Each chapter varies in quality; there was also some redundancy. Some chapters only provide experimental data from a specific laboratory. They do not seem to meet the author's objective.
Audience: The book will be valuable as a reference for individuals interested in cardiovascular surgery, invasive cardiology, cardiovascular anesthesia, and cardiopulmonary bypass. The contributors are of different nationalities, but almost half work at one institution.
Features: This book contains good quality black-and-white illustrations. Most of the chapters are well organized, scholarly, and contain a wealth of current information. The arrangement of chapters seems orderly at the beginning of the book, but the organization of the rest of the book appears to be arbitrary. Many aspects of hemostasis, anticoagulation, and blood preservation were discussed almost randomly. As with many multiauthored books, this book suffers from a rather excessive amount of repetition in many chapters.
Assessment: This book provides an extensive body of current information on anticoagulation, hemostasis, and blood preservation in cardiovascular surgery. Although each chapter varies in quality and there was some redundancy, I would strongly recommend this book to the library of every department that deals with cardiovascular patients.