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Clinical Scenarios in Anaesthesia.

HEALY, T. E. J.

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European Journal of Anaesthesiology: July 1996 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 420-421
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Clinical Scenarios in Anaesthesia. W. A. CHAMBERS & R. E. PATEY. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1995. Price £29.50, pp. 182.

This small book sets out to describe clinical scenarios. Most are straightforward and found in the daily routine of most anaesthetists. Some also include those that are almost, but not quite, stranger than fiction such as extraction from a train crash and aero-medical transport. The scenarios are well described and very suitable as settings for examination candidates. The questions at the end of each chapter are well planned and also appropriate for the candidate preparing for examinations. The introductions to these questions are most excellent. However, I was disappointed that the questions were not answered in the book - somewhere at the back this would ensure for the reader/candidate that all has been correctly understood. The references at the end of each section seem to be a valuable addition and it could be a useful CME experience to work one's way through these. On balance hospital tutors will find the book useful particularly as a tutorial guide. The busy trainees trying to cram for the European Diploma or other specialist exams might prefer a book which poses questions and provides answers. On the other hand this book does make one think and that is after all the purpose of education. If I reflect back too many years to my own training I would have bought this book, but today consultants in charge of training will also be grateful for it.

T. E. J. HEALY

Manchester

© 1996 European Academy of Anaesthesiology