Essential Clinical Anesthesia

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The clinical practice of anesthesia has undergone many advances in the past few years, making this the perfect time for a new state-of-the-art anesthesia textbook for practitioners and trainees. The goal of Essential Clinical Anesthesia is to provide a modern, clinically focused textbook giving rapid access to comprehensive, succinct knowledge from experts in the field. All clinical topics of relevance to anesthesiology are organized into 29 sections consisting of more than 180 chapters. The print version contains 166 chapters that cover all of the essential clinical topics, while an additional 17 chapters on subjects of interest to the more advanced practitioner can be freely accessed at Newer techniques such as ultrasound nerve blocks, robotic surgery, and transesophageal echocardiography are included, and numerous illustrations and tables assist the reader in rapidly assimilating key information. This authoritative text is edited by distinguished Harvard Medical School faculty, with contributors from many of the leading academic anesthesiology departments in the United States and an introduction from Dr. S. R. Mallampati. Essential Clinical Anesthesia is your essential companion when preparing for board review and recertification exams and in your daily clinical practice.

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Reviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The goal of this comprehensive book on anesthesia is to represent a clinically focused, easy-to-read synopsis of anesthesia topics. It covers the entire spectrum of anesthesia practice from preoperative evaluation to postoperative recovery and the intensive care unit.
Purpose: The field of anesthesia requires the command of an extensive breadth and depth of information in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physics and technology, medical disease states, surgical procedures, and critical care, as well as proficiency in a wide range of procedures. The advances in our understanding of anesthesia and developments in the technology challenge anesthesia practitioners to continue to master new information and techniques. The availability of one comprehensive but succinct book that clinicians can turn to repeatedly as they build a scientific foundation and when they need to refresh their knowledge base is essential.
Audience: The editors and the contributors to the book impart their experience as recognized experts in the field of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. Anesthesia trainees will get the most benefit from the sufficiently detailed, yet concise discussions, which can be studied easily to provide a theoretical basis for and practical guidance in clinical work and in preparation for examinations. More advanced practitioners will use this book to review and reinforce their expertise.
Features: The book is organized into several sections covering all the basic concepts of anesthesia care - preoperative care, anesthetic equipment, monitoring, pharmacology and techniques, anesthesia subspecialties, pain management, and critical care. The last part of the book presents an advanced level of information on special topics, such as aesthetic and robotic surgery, intra-abdominal compartment syndrome, carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning, and addiction in anesthesia providers. Some of the unique subjects covered in these chapters include chemical and biological warfare agents, alternative medicine in anesthesia, anesthesia at high altitudes and in flight, medical informatics, and providing guidance on a residency program. These special topics are available only online, not in print, and can be downloaded on an electronic device, thus decreasing the size of the book. Each of the short chapters is thorough but succinct and focused, easy to read in a short time, and concludes with a directed list of up-to-date references. Abundant graphs, tables, algorithms, and illustrations enhance the didactic value of the book.
Assessment: This fills a niche between the trainee-oriented, less extensive textbooks and the exhaustive, all-inclusive reference books. Anesthesia trainees will find it useful when they need a single source of information to build and expand their scientific foundation and experience, and accomplished practitioners will find it helpful for reinforcing their knowledge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521720205
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Pages: 1102
  • Sales rank: 761,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles A. Vacanti, MD, is the Vandam/Covino Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has published more than 200 original articles, reviews, book chapters and abstracts, and he holds more than 20 patents. In addition, he serves as the Director for the Laboratories for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is the founding editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and founding president of the Tissue Engineering Society International. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations (SAAA), of which he is the immediate past president.

Pankaj K. Sikka, MD, PhD, is a staff anesthesiologist at Health Alliance and Emerson Hospitals in Massachusetts. He completed his anesthesia residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a PhD in pharmacology at LSU Medical Center. He has held academic faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Medical School. He was the first ever to culture rat kidney cells in vitro, making it easy and inexpensive to perform experiments. He is a member of the task force on the ASA-SEE program. His research interests include patient safety, novel anesthetic drugs and operating room efficiency.

Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, is an Instructor-in-Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and a staff anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He specializes in ambulatory anesthesia and is the director of procedural sedation management and education for the hospital. He is also a chief executive officer of the Institute for Safety in Office-Based Surgery.

Scott Segal, MD, MHCM, is Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is a senior editor of the American Board of Anesthesiology written examination and an oral examiner for the board. He is also cofounder of, an educational website serving thousands of physicians worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Preoperative Care and Evaluation Angela Bader; Part II. Airway Management William Rosenblatt; Part III. Anesthesia Equipment Ay Kumar; Part IV. Patient Monitoring Bhavani S. Kodali; Part V. Inhalational Anesthetics James Philip; Part VI. Intravenous Anesthetics and Adjunct Drugs Mark Dershwitz; Part VII. Pharmacology of Local Anesthetics Gary Strichartz; Part VIII. Anesthesia Techniques Sascha Beutler; Part IX. Managing the Transition from Anesthesia Robert M. Knapp; Part X. Regional Anesthesia Mercedes Concepcion; Part XI. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Selwyn Rogers; Part XII. Transfusion Medicine Richard Kaufman; Part XIII. Cardiac Anesthesia Stanton Shernan; Part XIV. Vascular Anesthesia Simon Gelman and Stanley Leeson; Part XV. Thoracic Anesthesia Shannon McKenna; Part XVI. Neuroanesthesia Linda Aglio; Part XVII. Anesthesia for Renal and Urinary Tract Diseases Paul Allen; Part XVIII. Anesthesia for General Surgical Procedures Warren S. Sandberg.

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