H. Prabhakar (ed.)
Academic Press, 2016, Pp: 500, ISBN: 978-0-12-804075-1
Complications in Neuroanesthesia is a multi-authored book, edited by a neuro-anesthesiologist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. It provides a comprehensive review of complications that may occur during the perioperative management of neurosurgical patients. At first sight the book is a daunting prospect at almost five hundred pages, but it is generally well organised, being divided in to ten sections; for example: complications related to the brain, complications related to the spinal cord, and complications related to coagulation. Each of these sections is further divided in to several chapters focusing on specific complications. These chapters follow a well-structured, easy to follow format with discussion of pathophysiology, symptoms, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Complex subjects are comprehensively explained, aided by simple diagrams, tables and images.
The editor combines his own expertise and experiences well to ensure that all major complications are discussed thoroughly and rarer occurrences are covered well.
This book is thoroughly referenced and the clinical recommendations are generally consistent with European practice. The book concludes with 10 clinical scenarios and these allow the reader to apply knowledge they have gained from this book to the clinical setting.
Occasionally, the authors seemed to have provided too much detail and it could be argued that some of the information is not relevant to the scope of this book. For example, the chapters on anaphylaxis and hypothermia which could be considered anaesthesia complications in general and not necessarily specific to neuroanaesthesia. The authors do, however, try to relate some of the discussion to the neurosurgical setting.
The language can be a little ‘loose’ at times, with a few grammatical errors. However, the book is on the whole easy to read and interpret.
In general, this is a well-researched, well-written book, useful for both the occasional and regular neuroanaesthetist. It is a quick and easy guide for understanding problems related to neuroanaesthesia and I found it to be a good resource, despite the occasional language issue.
Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuroanaesthesia