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From The CriticsReviewer: Wendy Binstock, MD(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book is unique among many pediatric anesthesia books. Seven years have elapsed since the publication of the first edition, and now we have an updated version of pediatric anesthesia in a concise format. The book has increased in size by 201 pages, largely by the addition of chapters on ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, pain management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and organ transplantation.
Purpose: The book describes anesthesia concepts and procedures practiced by the pediatric anesthesia team at Massachusetts General Hospital. Although the book has some major strengths and is likely to be an outstanding book for gaining a rapid, fairly detailed overview of pediatric anesthesia, its one potential drawback is an implication that "if you don't agree with us, you're doing it wrong."
Audience: This book is best suited for the anesthesia resident on his or her first pediatric anesthesia rotation. It also provides the general anesthesia provider with an easy reference for routine pediatric cases.
Features: This multiauthored book is divided into 29 chapters. The first 12 chapters discuss general principles applying to all pediatric cases. Chapters 13, 14, and 15 describe resuscitation, neonatal, and pediatric emergencies. Pediatric cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology are reviewed in chapter 16. Chapters 17 through 22 cover anesthesia for the various surgical subspecialties, and the remaining seven chapters deal with individual topics that are relevant to being able to provide total care to the pediatric patient. This text is supported by 311 illustrations and a number of easy reference tables, some placed very conveniently inside the front and back covers.
Assessment: Overall, this book continues to maintain its high standard and provides a concise coverage of the field of pediatric anesthesia. It remains a good reference as an introduction to pediatric anesthesia and for the practitioner without a large volume of pediatric cases. Because this book has been greatly expanded with information regarding the everyday practice of pediatric anesthesia, I would recommend it for purchase by health sciences librarians.