Radiographic Imaging for Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Management. P. P. Raj, L. Lou, S. Ervine, P. S. Staats. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh, UK, 2003, 335 pp; indexed, illustrated ISBN: 0-443-06596-9; Price £56.95
It was a pleasure to be able to review this interventional procedural manual for regional anaesthesia and pain management. I have shown the book to a number of my colleagues, all of whom are in agreement that it is of a high standard and is the sort of book that should be available for reference in most Pain Management Centres, particularly those with a commitment to teaching and education.
The introductory chapters on basic physics of radiology, equipment, safety and drugs are particularly useful and so rarely covered by manuals of this size. It is also helpful that the physics behind and the principals of lesioning are also discussed at some length.
The sections on specific nerve blocks are well written with clear line diagrams and good quality radiographs. The illustrations are clearly labelled and easy to follow. As with all procedural manuals, personal idiosyncrasies creep in, but the text is supported with a good list of references.
As well as the usual contents found in this sort of book - anatomy, indications, technique and complications - there are useful sections on ‘helpful hints’ and ‘efficacy’ within each chapter. The reference section following each procedure is a good starting point for further reading.
Whereas this book should not be used without adequate training, it is an excellent manual for both the novice and the experienced practitioner. I am certainly referring to it, even for those procedures that are routine in my practice, so as to gain some helpful hints.