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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: In this sixth edition, the authors and editors have employed a variety of educational methods to provide an extraordinarily comprehensive overview of the medical specialty of anesthesiology. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The editors have stated that the prime goal of this book from its conception was "to develop a textbook that support supports efficient and rapid acquisition of knowledge." As the editors so aptly note, in reality, this edition is "a series of interconnected publications using the printed word, electronic medium, and the Internet." For example, this is the first anesthesia textbook to employ podcasting as one of the newest methods to rapidly transmit clinically relevant information.
Audience: It is designed to serve as a reference for students, anesthesia trainees, practicing anesthesiologists, and other physicians who are in need of a reference for perioperative care. For students and trainees, the book can provide in-depth background that will assist in the preparation for board examinations. For practicing anesthesiologists, it is intended to provide lifelong learning and will serve as an excellent medium to prepare for recertification.
Features: The book is organized into eight major sections with the first four ("Introduction to Anesthesiology", "Scientific Foundations of Anesthesia," "Anatomy and Physiology," "Anesthetic Agents, Adjuvants, and Drug Interaction") designed to provide a foundation for patient care. The last four sections ("Preanesthetic Evaluation and Preparation," "Anesthetic Management," "Anesthesia for Surgical Subspecialties," and "Perioperative and Consultative Services") provide more detailed information about perioperative patient management. The editors have assembled 141 individual authors with expertise in basic science, translational science, and clinical medicine; the collective expertise of these authors makes them exceptionally well qualified authorities in the field. The book has undergone significant revision and new chapters have been added on inflammation, wound healing, and infection as well as echocardiography.
Assessment: This is an extremely well-written and comprehensive book. It will be an invaluable addition to the library of any practitioner of anesthesiology.