Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 4th ED

Book Reviews: This handbook is aimed at anaesthetists who have received at least basic training in anaesthesia. It does not tell the reader how to give an anaesthetic, but aims to help decide the best anaesthetic for different situations. The authors have tried to be selective about the contents of the book and have omitted some of the more traditional, but less relevant, topics for our target audience. The text is split into sections:

Section I (Chapters 1–12) gives standard information on pre-operative considerations such as consent and preoperative investigations and details the implications of pre-existing medical conditions. The authors have provided information about further reading for many of the varied conditions that are met in clinical practice, and have tried to give practical advice whenever possible, though in many situations the evidence base for choosing one technique over another is not available.

Section II (Chapters 13–33) gives practical, comprehensive advice for different surgical specialties. When compiling this section the authors asked colleagues with specific areas of expertise to describe their standard approach for their most common operations. The techniques and practical considerations described are not meant to be exclusive, but do represent a standard approach to many of the more common procedures. The authors hope these clinical descriptions will help anaesthetists working outside their immediate areas of expertise. In no way, can guidelines substitute for supervised training but it is a fact of life that although anaesthetists are specialized by day, out of hours many of us have to be prepared to deal with a considerably wider range of surgery. The authors have included some details on more specialized areas of surgery such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and liver transplantation to give a basic grounding to trainees rotating through these fields.

Section III (Chapter 34) covers obstetric anaesthetic practice and Section IV (Chapter 35) covers pediatric and neonatal anaesthesia. Section V (Chapter 36) covers anaesthetic emergencies. Section VI (Chapters 37–48) discusses a range of practical issues such as airway assessment. Section VII deals with acute pain issues and Section VIII is concerned with regional anaesthesia.

Also included are appendices containing a drug formulary, infusion regimes, and normal values.

The authors hope that this handbook will be useful to a variety of anaesthetists. The exam candidate should find many basic principles listed and trainees should find the information concerning different areas of anaesthesia useful when moving between specialties. The authors hope that more senior colleagues will also find much of the information useful, both in theatre and when preparing a teaching session.

Bibliographical Data of Oxford Handbook of Anesthesia 4th ED

Reference Type: Book
Record Number: xx
Author: Keith Allman, Iain Wilson, Aidan O’Donnell
Year: 2016
Place Published: Oxford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 1280
Edition: 4th
ISBN -10: 0198719418
ISBN-13: 978-0198719410
Kindle Available: NO
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