Book and Multimedia Reviews: Media Review
Adult Perioperative Anesthesia: in The Requisites in Anesthesiology series. Cole DJ, Schlunt M, eds. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby, 2004. ISBN 0-323-02044-5. 542 pages, $79.95.
Adult perioperative anesthesia is a 541-page anesthesia textbook that includes 30 chapters on various aspects of the perioperative management of patients. The authors suggest it should serve as a concise but thorough presentation to the clinical aspects of anesthesia not covered in the other seven volumes of the “Requisites in Anesthesiology” series. The textbook is intended for residents rotating through the subspecialties, for practitioners who are preparing for board examinations or recertification, and as a quick review for clinical management. The authors have divided the textbook into three distinct sections. The first section emphasizes basic concepts for the perioperative physician with significantly more detail. The second section emphasizes fundamental details and provides different aspects including clinical management of specific anesthetics issues including thoracic, genitourinary, and other patient populations. The final section reviews specific considerations for the practicing anesthesiologists.
The book has concise summaries, guidelines, and practice parameters in each of the chapters. One of the particularly useful chapters is chapter 30 that contains guidelines and practice parameters from different societies and component societies, an excellent chapter that summarizes many of the important recommendations. Unique to this text and chapter 30 are outlines, summary figures of important consideration, and other diagrams that provide a summary of clinical care issues. Although this reviewer was skeptical when receiving one more anesthetic text to review, he was impressed with the unique aspects of this text that included many of the “bullet points” that are important in clinical management. This should provide an outstanding review tool not only for anesthesiology residents, but also for practioners and other clinicians interested in this area. The authors are to be congratulated for their novel text that provides a useful addition to an already large number of texts from North America and the United Kingdom. Although this text does not serve as one of the more authoritative texts, it provides a useful adjunct and is recommended to clinicians and others studying for board examinations.