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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aisling Conran, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: Illustrations of biochemical and physiologic interactions, anatomy, and equipment provide a colorful background for concise descriptions of intravenous, inhalational, and regional anesthesia techniques, as well as urgent situations such as malignant hyperthermia, airway, and hemodynamic emergencies.
Purpose: The purpose is to increase the understanding of the technical aspects of anesthesia care: equipment, medications, potential complications, and appropriate therapy. The editor and contributors meet these objectives head on with brief, insightful descriptions of important anesthetic principles.
Audience: This text is useful for the experienced practitioner interested in a succinct review, but is equally useful for the student as an adjunct to a major, comprehensive text.
Features: "A picture is worth a thousand words." This saying conveys the importance of the creative photographs and illustrations employed in this text, used to great advantage in the peripheral nerve blocks chapter. The pictorial content contributes greatly to the ease of use and the practicality of the review, particularly in the spinal, epidural, and caudal anesthesia chapter. Easy to read tables and graphs emphasizing practical points are a feature throughout the text. Uncommon typos are found. Occasionally, an important technical point is reviewed almost too briefly.
Assessment: This is a wonderful overview of techniques and emergent situations for the anesthesia practitioner. Pertinent practical points are covered. Anatomy and study data are presented in colorful, well-done illustrations. The contributors are well known in their fields.