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From The CriticsReviewer: Jeffrey L Apfelbaum, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: In this seventh edition, the authors and editors provide one of the most complete and thorough resources on the global scope and practice of contemporary anesthesiology. The editors suggest that this edition represents the most extensive revision of this book undertaken to date.
Purpose: This update was specifically designed to retain the strengths of the previous edition, while responding to a multitude of new and ever-changing aspects of anesthesiology. In addition to significant revisions and updates to existing chapters, the book includes 13 new chapters, more than 30 new authors, and 1,500 full-color illustrations. The new chapters were added in response to an analysis of the extensive changes in the scope of anesthesiology. The increasing importance of critical care medicine dictated the creation of five chapters and other new chapters cover sleep, memory, consciousness, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, and emphasize advances in information technology.
Audience: This book serves as a comprehensive foundation for all trainees in the medical specialty of anesthesiology and a user-friendly, but extremely complete resource for experienced anesthesia professionals.
Features: This is the most inclusive and detailed analysis in presentation and textbook form of the medical specialty of anesthesiology. The collective background and expertise of the 204 author contributors makes them extraordinarily well qualified as authorities in the field. The book is divided into nine sections that include an introduction, anesthetic physiology, anesthetic pharmacology, anesthetic management, adult subspecialty management, pediatric anesthesia, postoperative care (as distinguished from intensive care medicine), critical care medicine, and a special section on ancillary responsibilities and problems (including operating room management, electrical safety, environmental safety, and statistical methodology). It is accompanied by access to one of two dedicated Expert Consult websites. The basic edition includes the complete, fully searchable text online. The premium edition includes access to the online text plus regular content updates, references linked to Medline abstracts and full-text articles, downloadable image library, drug database, self-assessment questions, and an extensive video library featuring full-length video presentations of anesthesia procedures.
Assessment: The changes and updates in the seventh edition of this book clearly justify replacing the previous edition. It will be a valuable addition to the library of any practicing anesthesia professional.