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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maria Gonzalez-Mayda, M.D.(Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides guidelines on the perioperative management of patients with various rheumatic diseases based on an extensive review of the literature and on some personal experiences by the authors of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to answer the myriad questions that arise on how to manage patients with different rheumatic conditions perioperatively. It addresses many concerns the care of this special group of patients, covering the perioperative management of patients with SLE, RA, inflammatory myopathies, scleroderma, vasculitis, ITP/TTP patients etc.
Audience: The audience is broad and includes medical students, residents, general practitioners, internists, rheumatologists and other specialists in internal medicine.
Features: As a rheumatologist, I found this book to be a helpful reference since I deal with this group of immunocompromised patients every day, and questions on the perioperative management of these patients often arise. I especially appreciated the tables in each chapter highlighting important information.
Assessment: I would recommend this book to anyone who cares for patients with rheumatic diseases or will be challenged with caring for them perioperatively and needs a guide to managing their medications, using prophylactic antibiotics prior to surgery, etc.