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From The CriticsReviewer: David B. Glick, MD, MBA (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the management of difficult airways. In addition to the traditional presentation of information in its first 12 chapters, the book includes 43 case studies that provide real-world applications for the fundamental principles of airway management presented in the earlier chapters.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a consistent approach to the difficult and failed airway in all clinical settings. The potentially catastrophic consequences of failed airway management make this a vitally important goal, and the authors have produced a book that teaches how to avoid or minimize these risks.
Audience: The target audience includes any clinician involved in airway management. The authors' vast clinical experience ensures that all readers, from medical students doing their junior clerkship rotations to the most senior anesthesia consultants, will find new and interesting ideas and clinical solutions.
Features: The first of the book's three sections addresses the basics of airway management in the setting of the difficult airway. The second section provides a discussion of the commonly used devices and techniques in the management of difficult airways. The third section applies the lessons of the first two sections in a wide range of real-world difficult airway scenarios.
Assessment: This well written book provides a well integrated approach to the management of difficult airways. It remains readable while being comprehensive. It certainly should be required reading for any clinician involved in airway management.