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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: With this fourth edition, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of virtually every aspect of obstetric anesthesiology, including a review of the physiologic and anatomic maternal changes of pregnancy, a new updated review of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management of the patient in labor, and a comprehensive review of both anesthetic and obstetric complications peridelivery.
Purpose: "The goals are to: collate the most important information that anesthesia providers should know about obstetrics; prepare a thorough and user-friendly review of anesthesia care for obstetric patients; and focus on the fact that the anesthesia provider and the obstetrician provide simultaneous care for two (or more) patients - both the mother and her unborn child(ren). "
Audience: This is one of the most complete and comprehensive foundations for trainees in obstetric anesthesiology. It is designed as a user-friendly resource for both experienced and occasional practitioners of obstetric anesthesiology.
Features: Of special significance in this update is the addition of three outstanding and internationally respected editors. Of the 76 contributors, 32 are new to this edition. Their collective background and expertise make them extraordinarily well qualified to serve as authorities in this subspecialty area of anesthesiology. The book covers maternal and fetal physiology, fetal and neonatal assessment and therapy, fundamental/foundations in obstetric anesthesia, anesthesia before and after delivery, and complications, both of relevance to anesthesiology and obstetrics. Specific sections are devoted to labor and vaginal delivery, caesarean delivery, and the parturient with systemic disease.
Assessment: All chapters in this edition have been updated and most have undergone extensive revision. There are several new chapters, including ones on patient safety and maternal mortality. With all these updates and changes, the fourth edition is fully justified as a replacement for the previous edition. This edition also incorporates a dedicated website that includes the entire contents of the book, which are fully searchable. Without question, this will be a valuable addition to the library of any practitioner of obstetrical anesthesia.