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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John Peder Erickson, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book deals with all aspects of anesthetic monitoring including historical background, engineering issues, human factors, pertinent physiology, and computerization. It considers the areas of invasive and noninvasive as well as automated and manual monitoring for anesthetized and critically ill patients. This volume is a welcome addition to the specialty, especially as anesthesiology changes during the next decade.
Purpose: This book was written for attending anesthesiologists, residents-in-training, and CRNAs. The authors and contributors are authorities in the field of perioperative monitoring. Most have peer-reviewed publications to their credit.
Audience: The illustrations and graphs, plain but effective, are complemented by a fine table of contents and useful index. Numerous photographs of monitors, probes, and catheters help communicate the message in each chapter. The references are copious, relevant, and recent.
Features: This book would be a useful addition to the library of any training program or practitioner. The science and history behind the topics covered are available for those interested. The broad coverage of the field of monitoring makes this a good first source for answering monitoring questions. It is not intended as an exhaustive, in-depth reference.
Assessment: This is a fine book dealing with monitoring for anesthetized and critically ill patients.