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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a perfect combination of text and pictures that describes all the commonly used blocks in orthopedic surgeries.
Purpose: The aim of the author, as stated in the preface, is to provide static and dynamic anatomy visually. There are many books that deal with regional anesthesia and anatomy of peripheral nerves, but none makes a point of narrating the dynamic anatomy of the nerves. This is the very thing one needs to make blocks work.
Audience: The book is meant for every anesthesiologist who practices regional anesthesia. It is especially useful for the anesthesia residents and medical students as it is very well illustrated and has only pertinent text. The author is a well known authority in the field of regional anesthesia.
Features: Chapters one to 10 deal with the anatomy of brachial plexus at different levels from the interscalene groove to the elbow, followed by a simple and clear description of nerve block technique at that level. Chapters 11 to 18 cover lower extremity blocks from lumbar plexus to the ankle and maintain the same format of applied anatomy of the nerves followed by block technique description. All chapters on anatomy contain images of scleratome and dermatome. In addition, many cadaver images of nerve pathways provide a clear concept of anatomical structure around the nerves, which would have taken a lot of text otherwise. The step-by-step block description is accompanied by a picture for each step for every block. This makes the whole book truly an atlas of nerve block techniques and not just an atlas of peripheral nerve anatomy. The book fulfills its mission. The accompanying DVD is well narrated and does not miss any step in the description of block techniques. The book is not big on ultrasound images, but then that was not the author's intention and this does not take away anything from it.
Assessment: This is a complete regional anesthesia textbook. It is concise, clear, and well illustrated. It is practical and handy to the point that one does not need any other book to practice regional anesthesia successfully.