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Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review (5th Edition)

Maktabi, Mazen MD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001483
Books, Multimedia, and Meeting Reviews: Book Review

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts,

This book is a compilation of multiple-choice questions related to the field of anesthesia edited by 2 anesthesiologists from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology. Contributions by 5 authors from the Mayo Clinic and 1 author from the University of Alabama Department of Anesthesiology were provided.1

Each group of questions is followed by a section that lists the correct answers, explanations, and references. Tables and diagrams are used to illustrate and make points. The editors state that “each question has been vetted by 2 or more reviewers in the various anesthetic subspecialties,” that “the questions have been referenced to the most recent editions of anesthesia textbooks or journal publications,” and that “several Mayo Clinic anesthesia residents contributed to this work by checking textbook references and citations and by proofreading the chapters before production.”

The book is well organized and subdivided into 2 major parts (1 and 2). Part 1 covers basic sciences: anesthesia equipment and physics (answers section includes 5 figures and 6 tables); respiratory physiology and critical care medicine (answers section includes 2 figures and 1 table); pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of intravenous drugs (answers section includes 1 figure and 8 tables); and pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of volatile anesthetics (answers section includes 5 figures and 2 tables).

Part 2 of the book covers clinical sciences: blood products, transfusion, and fluid therapy (answers section includes 2 tables); general anesthesia (answers section includes 1 figure and 3 tables); pediatric physiology and anesthesia (answers section includes 2 figures and 2 tables); obstetric physiology and anesthesia (answers section includes 1 figure and 3 tables); neurologic physiology and anesthesia (answers section includes 2 figures); anatomy, regional anesthesia, and pain management (answers section includes 4 figures); and cardiac physiology and anesthesia (answers section includes 1 figure).

The texts of questions and answers are thorough and easy to read and follow. The topics cover the essential aspects of anesthesia, and they are not meant to substitute for textbooks or reading the literature. The answers sections are a quick reference for trainees and trained anesthesia practitioners. The questions can be used to start a teaching point by anesthesia attending physicians in academic medical centers. In a time in which we strive to emphasize evidence-based practices, a weakness of this multiple-choice questions book is that a substantial portion of the references are made to anesthesia textbooks and not to the original articles that produced that knowledge.

In summary, it is clear that a lot of work by many individuals was put to produce this new edition. We should congratulate the authors on producing a book that addresses many important topics in a fashion that is easily understandable by most practitioners.

Mazen Maktabi, MD

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and

Pain Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Boston, Massachusetts

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1. Hall BA, Chantigian RC. Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review, 2015.5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders.
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