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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This quick guide for administering pediatric anesthesia provides a complete anesthetic plan for quite a few procedures in a concise fashion.
Purpose: The book is meant for anesthesiologists who do not take care of children on a regular basis.
Audience: The audience of nonpediatric anesthesiologists includes anesthesia residents and general anesthesiologists. The 61 contributors are from a variety of institutions.
Features: The first section deals with common diseases that occur in children and infants. Each disease is covered as a separate entity and its anesthetic and surgical implications are discussed in a way to provide practical and concise information that can be reviewed in five minutes. This section's 31 chapters encompass all common pediatric diseases, but not rare syndromes. The second section has 103 chapters that cover 103 surgical procedures. No chapter in this section is more than three pages of bulleted information. Each chapter covers pre-, intra- and postanesthetic considerations. The book is amazing in the way it provides such complete information about such a vast field and yet can easily be carried around in a pocket. It does, however, lack a chapter on pharmacology and dosage of drugs. A chapter on infant physiology, namely fluid requirement, maturation or liver, kidney function would have added great value. Similarly, a chapter on airways, especially hints on tube size selection, would have helped stressed anesthesiologists who have not done a pediatrics case in a while. The absence of these topics takes nothing away from the book, however. Surprisingly, no references are provided, which may make this book a little less attractive to residents who may want to expand their horizons.
Assessment: This book lives up to its promise as a pocket guide to pediatric anesthesia practice. No other book on the market provides this information in such a convenient format. It will not tax a tired mind in the middle of the night when a quick refresher course in pediatric anesthesia is needed.