Book, Multimedia, and Meeting Reviews: Media Reviews
ocket Anesthesia, as the name suggests, offers a concise ring-bound pocket-sized reference guide to the major patient management issues encountered in clinical anesthesia. This new pocket notebook series book comprises 36 chapters with a similar format to the popular internal medicine handbook, Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine. Unique to other anesthesia manuals, Pocket Anesthesia is very compact and literally fits in a coat pocket. Thirty-nine anesthesiology residents, fellows, and attending staff contributed directly to this lightweight, 302-page looseleaf ring-bound guide.
The strength of this textbook is the ease of access to reference information for the perioperative physician. Each chapter includes tables, algorithms, diagrams, and bullet-point formatted sections that are intuitively organized and extremely compact. Although the reference guide is not intended to describe in-depth discussions of perioperative topics, the book includes pertinent facts related to anesthetic considerations for the management of common disease states, frequent intraoperative problems, considerations for anesthesia subspecialties, and differential diagnoses for perioperative conditions.
The extensive collection of chapters is inclusive of basic concepts in physiology, pharmacology, preparation for anesthesia, management of anesthesia, and postanesthesia care. The manual also includes a few pages for common medical phrases in Spanish, common formulas, lab values, emergency algorithms, management of malignant hyperthermia, and room/machine setup recommendations.
In conclusion, the first edition of Pocket Anesthesia is an excellent reference manual for the field of anesthesiology. The handbook is reasonably priced and can serve as a valuable resource to medical students, house staff, and practicing anesthesiologists who want to have a quick reference source.
Matthew R. Eng, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California