Reviewer: John Peder Erickson, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: Numerous books have been published on the subject of perioperative monitoring. This volume divides the subject into three parts: monitoring by organ, by physiological function, and by type of technology.
Purpose: It offers a European point of view in these three parts; most of the contributors are experts from outside the U.S.
Audience: The book is not intended to be a complete reference nor a beginner's guide. Rather, it serves as a suitable starting point for further investigation.
Features: In the discussions of the major subdivisions of monitoring, the emphasis is on describing the limitations of each monitor. The techniques for placement of invasive monitors are given little attention. The chapters on echocardiography and fetal monitoring are concise and well written for anesthesiologists. The scientific explanations of the way the monitors work will be welcomed by the reader unfamiliar with them. Aspects of monitoring for locations outside of the standard operating room are also included.
Assessment: This is a readable book that is well suited for an anesthesiology department's library. Its unique point of view and treatment and its generous historical backgrounds distinguish it from other monitoring books and make it a worthwhile purchase.