Atlas of Regional Anesthesia: Expert Consult - Online and Print / Edition 4

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Atlas of Regional Anesthesia, by Dr. David L. Brown, has been the go-to reference for many years, helping clinicians master a myriad of nerve block techniques in all areas of the body. This meticulously updated new edition brings you state-of-the-art coverage and streaming online videos of ultrasound-guided techniques, as well as new coverage of the latest procedures. Hundreds of high-quality full-color illustrations of anatomy and conventional and ultrasound-guided techniques provide superb visual guidance. You’ll also have easy access to the complete contents online, fully searchable, at

  • Obtain superior visual guidance thanks to hundreds of high-quality illustrations of cross-sectional, gross, and surface anatomy paired with outstanding illustrations of conventional and ultrasound-guided techniques.
  • Master the ultrasound-guided approach through 12 online videos demonstrating correct anatomic needle placement.
  • Access the complete contents online and download all of the illustrations at
  • Learn the latest techniques with a new chapter on transversus abdominis block and updated coverage of nerve stimulation techniques, implantable drug delivery systems, spinal cord stimulation, and more.

A must-have atlas covering all techniques in regional anesthesia with high-quality images, a new online companion and added illustrative and video coverage of ultrasound-guided techniques

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The focus is on images in this atlas of common regional blocks, although they are accompanied by brief descriptions. An added section covers an ultrasound approach for a few blocks. The full text of the book is available online, which also has 12 very nice video clips of different blocks.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick and simple visual approach to common blocks. The idea is to provide a concise but clear understanding of the techniques.
Audience: Intended for any physician interested in learning regional anesthesia at any level of training, the atlas will be useful not only for anesthesia residents, but also for experienced anesthesiologists or ER physicians who want to quickly refresh their knowledge before performing a block. All chapters are written by well-known authors who are also experienced clinicians.
Features: This comprehensive book covers all the blocks one needs for performing any type of orthopedic surgery. The first of the book's eight sections is an overview of the regional anesthesia setup for single shot and continuous block techniques, pharmacology of local anesthetics, physical principles of ultrasound, and nerve stimulation. Every section deals with an anatomical region like upper limb, lower limb, trunk, or head and neck. The section on airway blocks and chronic pain blocks is much more clinical than an average regional anesthesia handbook. Each section opens with a description of clinical anatomy for that region, followed by descriptions of different block techniques. One block is covered in each chapter, and each chapter explains the background of the block, technical aspects of the block, and common complications that could be encountered while performing the block. The chapters end with a paragraph of important clinical pointers to improve the safety and success of the block. All of this is supplemented by an abundance of illustrations and images. The technique described for each block is simple and precise; nothing is left to the imagination. The online video clips are very crisp and informative. Because it is an atlas, it's hard to fault the book for its brevity. However, at times it makes the block look too simple and does not stress enough the human variability that makes real-life experience so different. The authors would do well to describe all chronic pain blocks as fluoro-guided, instead of based on landmarks with their high failure rate.
Assessment: This book has high quality illustrations and is quite appealing. It covers regional anesthesia quite nicely. It cannot be considered the be-all and end-all of regional anesthesia, but it's a good start and a good companion for everyday practice. The growing role of ultrasound necessitates the replacement of the previous edition.
From the Publisher

"The heavy emphasis on cross-sectional anatomy of targeted nerves in both a relatively unusual and extremely useful format for practical application of regional techniques...Excellent graphic representation of the structured landmarks and the course of the nerves...Recommend." - Mayo Clinic Proceedings

"A beautifully illustrated book covering a wide number of regional anaesthetic techniques...Easily understood...Easy to use." -Anesthesia & Analgesia

"Previous editions were published in 1992, 1999, and 2006; this third edition incorporates the necessary updates and is enriched by the participation of six contributors who supplement the expertise of author David L. Brown (The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio). After introductory chapters on local anesthetics and regional anesthesia equipment, subsequent sections address blocks of the upper extremity, lower extremity, head and neck, airway, trunk, and neuraxis, as well as chronic pain blocks. Each of 21 procedures is illustrated with clear, elegant artwork and other images and is described in terms of use, technique, pitfalls, and pearls. The online site (access included with purchase of the text) contains the full text, links to PubMed abstracts, and 12 videos demonstrating correct anatomic needle placement."

- Book News, Inc.

"The fourth edition of Atlas of Regional Anesthesia, edited by David L. Brown, fulfills its stated goal to ‘teach physicians needing to learn regional anesthesia and pain medicine technical procedures.’…The trainees to whom I have shown this atlas have found it to be superb. Atlas of Regional Anesthesia can be a source of immediate preprocedure review for the anesthesiologist and should be made available as a reference wherever regional anesthesia is practiced." - Martin H. Dauber, MD, University of Chicago- JAMA

"…this is an excellent general atlas of regional anaesthesia, with excellent anatomical diagrams, and ultrasound images."- I. Kapila and M. Columb, British Journal of Anaesthesia

Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum
This is a fundamental textbook that discusses the principles and clinical practice of regional anesthesia and analgesia. It is designed to fulfill the need for a clinically focused discussion on the topic of regional anesthesia and analgesia. It will allow students and practitioners alike to improve their understanding in clinical application of regional techniques in a wide variety of circumstances. Medical students, physicians in training, and practitioners alike will benefit from this text. The editor has used a refreshing approach that emphasizes the clinical practicality of regional anesthetic and analgesic techniques. The basic science of regional anesthesia (anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology) is linked to clinical application (technique, complications, and side effects) in a meaningful and creative fashion. Illustrations are abundant and complement the text. Each chapter is followed by an ample reference list that is reasonably current, thereby allowing the interested reader to easily access the scientific basis of that chapter's discussion. The emphasis of the book is on regional anesthesia and analgesia techniques and their clinical applications. Throughout the book, the authors' viewpoints are presented in an approach that is distinctly clinical; individual chapters are written by nationally recognized experts in the field. This text will be a strong addition to any library -- institutional, practitioner, and student.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416063971
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/4/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 414,620
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Local anesthetics and regional anesthesia equipment 1
2 Continuous peripheral nerve blocks 13
3 Upper extremity block anatomy 25
4 Interscalene block 37
5 Supraclavicular block 45
6 Infraclavicular block 55
7 Axillary block 63
8 Distal upper extremity blocks 71
9 Intravenous regional block 81
10 Lower extremity anatomy 89
11 Lumbar plexus block 99
12 Sciatic block 103
13 Femoral block 113
14 Lateral femoral cutaneous block 121
15 Obturator block 127
16 Popliteal and saphenous block 133
17 Ankle block 139
18 Head and neck block anatomy 145
19 Occipital block 153
20 Trigeminal block 157
21 Maxillary block 165
22 Mandibular block 171
23 Distal trigeminal block 177
24 Retrobulbar (peribulbar) block 183
25 Cervical plexus block 189
26 Stellate block 197
27 Airway block anatomy 205
28 Glossopharyngeal block 213
29 Superior laryngeal block 219
30 Translaryngeal block 223
31 Truncal anatomy 227
32 Breast block 231
33 Intercostal block 237
34 Interpleural anesthesia 245
35 Lumbar somatic block 251
36 Inguinal block 259
37 Paravertebral blocks 265
38 Chronic and cancer pain care : an introduction and perspective 277
39 Facet blocks 281
40 Sacroiliac block 295
41 Lumbar sympathetic block 305
42 Celiac plexus block 311
43 Superior hypogastric plexus block 323
44 Cervical and lumbar transforaminal injection 333
45 Implantation of spinal drug delivery systems 341
46 Spinal cord stimulation 353
47 Neuraxial anatomy 365
48 Spinal block 375
49 Epidural block 391
50 Caudal block 409
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