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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This sixth edition of a concise but comprehensive book on anesthesia contains updates, new chapters, and an expanded list of expert contributors.
Purpose: This succinct synthesis of the full spectrum topics of anesthesia aims to provide an introductory fundamental knowledge base, and it will satisfy the needs of learners of anesthesia in their daily practice and in preparation for examinations.
Audience: It is intended for trainees at all levels, from medical students, residents, and fellows to other practitioners. The editors and the contributors are leaders in the field of anesthesiology and they impart the remarkable breadth of their expertise.
Features: The book is divided into several sections covering the entire span of anesthesia practice — introductory topics (including history and scope of anesthesia and approach to learning), pharmacology and physiology, preoperative preparation and intraoperative management, special anesthetic considerations, recovery period, and consultant anesthetic practice. This edition is updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, and chapters have been added on awareness under anesthesia, quality of care and patient safety, and anesthesia for orthopedic surgery. The text is clear and concise, making it easy to absorb the information, while providing appropriate depth and breadth of knowledge to enable anesthesia trainees to build a foundation. The text is complemented by an abundance of illustrations of excellent quality and educational value as well as by tables that highlight and summarize important information. Each chapter concludes with questions of the day, reinforcing the acquired proficiency, and with a short list of up-to-date references, directing learners towards additional didactic sources.
Assessment: This is an essential book for trainees in anesthesia at all levels. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of anesthesiology and fosters the development of a solid foundation of knowledge upon which to build broad theoretical and practical expertise.