VOLUME 17 | ISSUE 3 | MAY 1997

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Clinical Anesthesia

Khalid A. Sami, MD

Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, MBC 22, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh 11211, Saudi Arabia

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Sami KA, Clinical Anesthesia. 1997; 17(3): 384-384

The third edition of this well-known anesthesia textbook has just been published, following the second edition in 1992. In the intervening five years, there have been many changes in the practice of anesthesia, and this new edition has kept up with this situation. Approximately 30% of the material in the third edition consists of new chapters or contributions by new authors.

“Clinical Anesthesia” is an American textbook, with the majority of the authors’ practices being in the United States, and so of course the approach reflects this. New chapters on “Valuebased Anesthesia Management,” “Practice Management” and “Professional Liability, Risk Management and Quality Improvement” make interesting reading for those working outside the United States, and the approaches outlined certainly have relevance to all practitioners.

Overall, I found the layout of the book to be excellent—the typeface was easy to read, and the tables and the diagrams were clear and uncluttered. The publishers have kept to a single-volume format, which is convenient for the user, although the weight of the book would preclude carrying it around for long periods. A book such as this aims to be a comprehensive source of information about the specialty which, when referred to, will yield at least the basic required information about any aspect of anesthesia. Does this edition meet these criteria? I think it does, and very well. All the important areas of clinical practice are covered and chapters such as “Anesthesia for Non-Operative Locations,” and “Cancer Therapy and its Anesthetic Implications” draw a lot of scattered information into a single convenient location. The chapters on “Experimental Design and Statistics” and “Electrical Safety” are also clear, and will provide a useful source of information on topics which many residents and practitioners find confusing.

As a single-volume text, there are of course lim itations due to restrictions of space. A book such as this cannot answer every question, but a reading of any chapter will provide the feeling that all the important points have been touched upon, and the comprehensive and up-to-date list of references provides a guide for further reading. Overall, this book should be in every library, and although it will not be the only textbook you need, it will certainly provide a solid foundation.

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