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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rom A. Stevens, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a multiauthored book, last published in 1989, that covers the entire specialty of anesthesiology. A total of 100 authors contributed, and approximately 30 percent of the chapters are new since the second edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide residents and experienced practitioners with a contemporary textbook of anesthesiology, emphasizing rapid acquisition of information pertinent to patient care. By and large, these objectives are met.
Audience: The target audience is stated to be both residents and experienced practitioners. However, the most likely readers of this book will probably be anesthesia residents. All the authors are recognized experts in their various subspecialty areas of anesthesiology.
Features: The quality and number of illustrations are adequate. The references are up-to-date. The table of contents and index are adequate. The overall appearance of the book is adequate. There are no particularly unique features of this book.
Assessment: This book will prove most useful to anesthesia residents studying for their board examinations, because it provides an abbreviated overview of the entire specialty. Since the previous edition was published in 1989, many changes have occurred in the specialty, necessitating this update. I highly recommend it to anesthesia residents as well as to departmental libraries.