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From The CriticsReviewer: Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book on the multidisciplinary management of cancer pain is written by a prominent anesthesiology pain specialist.
Purpose: This is meant to be a comprehensive reference for both physicians-in-training and practicing physicians in the multiple disciplines that encounter cancer patients with pain. The subject has usually been treated in a few chapters in general textbooks. Although the depth varies between chapters, it is a good general description of the field.
Audience: The book will be most useful for physicians-in-training, general internists, medical oncologists, or anesthesiologists who would like a single source for descriptions and explanations of cancer pain management. It may be most useful for anesthesiology pain management specialists because this is the area that is treated most comprehensively. Neurosurgical pain management is relatively neglected.
Features: The illustrations are black-and-white and are generally of good quality and sufficiency. The references are adequate. There is a predominant emphasis on anesthesia pain management procedures. These are well described in the text and appendixes, and interesting practical information on supplies and tools required is provided. The viewpoint from the anesthesiology pain management specialist is reflected in the unusual organization and choice of chapters. The book is appealing in its design andformat.
Assessment: The book is a good attempt at summarizing cancer pain management techniques that are commonly spread among a variety of medical disciplines. Individual chapters are well written. Despite idiosyncratic organization and relative weight given to anesthesia pain procedures, it is a useful book.