Anesthesia & Analgesia:
ANESTHETIC PHARMACOLOGY: (International Society for Anaesthetic Pharmacology): Media Review
Resident, Department of Anesthesia
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Anesthesia Review: A Study Guide to Anesthesia, 5th Edition and Basics of Anesthesia, 4th Edition Lorraine M. Sdrales, MD and Ronald D. Miller, MD. Philadelphia: Churchill-Livingstone, 2001. ISBN 0-443-07978-1. 572 pp, $55.00.
Maunak V. Rana, MD, Resident, Department of Anesthesia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Anesthesia Review, A Study Guide to Anesthesia, 5th edition and Basics of Anesthesia, 4th edition is an effective supplementary text for anesthesiologists at all educational levels. This 572-page review guide is designed to parallel the content of the two established anesthesia texts. By allowing students to gauge their learning actively on the wide range of topics that comprise anesthesiology, the guide meets its goal as a review text.
Anesthesia Review relies on the Socratic method. As with it’s sister texts, Anesthesia Review covers a wide spectrum of topics ranging from basic concepts of physiology and pharmacology to highlighting the evolution of anesthesiology as a multifaceted specialty, including chapters on critical care medicine, acute and chronic pain management, and outpatient anesthesia. A benefit of the design of the chapters is that they are relatively short, designed for quick review of information.
Each of the 35 chapters starts out with questions designed to stimulate active recall of information. Prepared in open-ended and closed fashion to test the capability of students of anesthesia, questions cover content in both breadth and depth. Conceptual information is provided by answers to the questions that contain crisp, clear, and concise diction. Direct references to Anesthesia and Basics of Anesthesia are provided, highlighting page and figure numbers, for the purpose of further study/clarification.
The authors also utilize charts, tables, and graphs to highlight key points. However, the use of graphical information could be emphasized even more in future editions of this review. For example, charts or tables comparing various inhalation agents, narcotics, and their physiological effects can enhance learning. In particular, the chapters on local anesthetics and induction agents could be enhanced with review tables. Additionally, a future consideration may be to make this soft cover book more portable for easy review in the operating room and off-site locations.
Anesthesia Review, A Study Guide to Anesthesia, 5th edition and Basics of Anesthesia, 4th edition is an excellent text for anesthesiologists preparing for examinations in all arenas—oral boards, written boards, or impromptu operating room/conference quizzes. Students will benefit by the question-and-answer format of this text, which provides a direct gauge of their knowledge. The active review of questions will serve well to supplement the knowledge of anesthesiologists at all stages of learning. This text will find its way into the libraries of anesthesiologists, as it effectively can help refresh, review, and test their knowledge of anesthesiology.
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