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From The CriticsReviewer:Gita Rupani, MD(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description:This is a problem-oriented patient management book that describes a case and then poses questions about the disease and differential diagnosis. Stimulating questions about management of the case are followed by answers and well-referenced discussions.
Purpose:It is intended to present important clinical scenarios covering common anesthesia problems. Individualized patient management with logical explanations and fundamental principles are described. This updated edition covers new advances in surgical procedures and changing clinical practices of anesthesia, adding several new chapters and new authors.
Audience:The book is written by authors who are well recognized in the field of anesthesiology for the education of residents and practicing anesthesiologists. Questions and answers and the complete perioperative management format are engaging for both learners and providers.
Features:The format is effective. Coronary artery bypass, cancer pain, and obstetric anesthesia are some common areas which practicing anesthesiologists may not regularly encounter, and this book can serve as a fast reference for them. Each answer to a question has a reference. References after each question and answer seem to stand out more in this edition. Perhaps numbering the references or combining them on one page may have saved some space and possibly decreased the size of the book.
Assessment:This edition addresses acute pain management and regional techniques in the setting of anticoagulants for thromboprophylaxis, an important topic of some debate for readers in anesthesia and even surgical services. Well referenced and current, this is a welcome revision.