Description: This entry in Miller's multivolume series is ideal for teaching because it provides visual descriptions of some of the most timely information in the science of anesthesiology. It is important because a ready teaching aide which covers the scientific underpinnings of anesthesia does not already exist. The contributors include a number of scholars who describe principles and provide a good blend of graphical representations that make its use as a teaching aide first rate.
Purpose: Its goal is to transmit cognitive and technical aspects of anesthesia through illustrations, which include drawings, photographs, tables, charts, graphs, algorithms, and decision trees. This volume focuses on presenting physiologic and pharmacologic principles underpinning anesthesiology. As such, it provides a wonderful review of these scientific concepts which are presented concisely in a state of the art fashion.
Audience: It is written for the academic anesthesiologist who teaches residents or lectures and needs ready, fresh visual representations. It can also be used by residents and practicing anesthesiologists to become familiar with scientific concepts. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but it does address many areas in which a better understanding has been determined only lately.
Features: Basic science discoveries are clearly and elegantly presented with wonderful figures and instructive captions. Difficult to understand concepts are transmitted easily. Color, quality of art work, and degree of detail in each figure are exceptional. The only shortcoming is the overall lack of organization of subjects covered. General references are timely and plentiful and the index is complete. This is a sturdy book with a high quality cover and thick pages.
Assessment: This is a wonderful book of figures with excellent captions designed to explain concepts of the basic science of anesthesiology. I strongly recommend it for those who want timely, topical updates on scientific concepts in anesthesiology.