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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: Part of the Challenging Concepts series, which consists of case-based discussions and expert commentary on the management of problems in different fields of medicine, this book focuses on topics in anesthesia with 18 cases.
Purpose: The purpose is beautifully explained in the foreword: to make learning interactive and real, something every trainer looks for but rarely gets.
Audience: The audience includes anesthesia trainees at any level as well as practicing anesthesiologists, regardless of their experience. The book has a number of experienced authors and is well edited to preserve the essence.
Features: Each of the nine chapters covers a different aspect of anesthetic management: airway management, preoperative assessment, laparoscopic procedures, obstetrical care, acute pain management, pediatric care, and care of trauma patients and cardiac patients. The two cases in each chapter focus on different issues. Each chapter opens with a case presentation, then discusses the management of different aspects of the case as they evolve. Cases are taken to their logical conclusion — when patients are out of the woods. The case description is filled with learning points and expert commentary, which reviews the literature and explains the thought process behind the decision making. The experts weigh in with parting remarks about their experience at the end. Each case concludes with a brief discussion of the issue and a list of references. The book is confined to common topics, and presents clinical discussions of problems encountered on daily basis.
Assessment: This is an excellent book with excellent coverage. The expert opinions provide great insight into the management of clinical situations that many anesthesiologists are left to learn on their own.