The list author says: "I am currently a medical student in my last year and, as you may have ascertained from the title of this page, have an avid interest in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. My path to where I am in terms of interests and knowledge was a long and windy one. It is often difficult to find the right books when you're first discovering a new domain, but yet, it is exactly then when having the best books matters most! This list is meant to help people out a bit in making their literature choices.
Please keep in mind that this list obviously reflects my personal interests a bit and so you will find some peculiarities which you may choose to ignore. I have made a prioritization system to help separate the essential books from the non-essnetial ones:
Group A: Essential books, A1 highest, .... Group B: Books for more in-depth knowledge, B1 highest... Group C: Personal interest books"
"A1 - A great anesthesia book with appeal to both beginners and more advanced readers.Its streamlined structure permits you to quickly gain the overview over a theme and then dive in to read more. This book covers pretty much all aspects of clinical anesthesiology and I can recommend it without reservations."
"A1 - An excellent handbook that fits into your coat and is very portable. You will not find another book this short with this much relevant information. Every SINGLE BIT of text in this book, every figure, every table, is clinically relevant. It has a surprisingly rigorous coverage of pathophysiology and pharmacology - awesome! You cannot go wrong with this book."
"B1 - One of the standard references for anesthesia, the other one being Miller. The choice between the two is more a matter of preference than anything else. I find Barash quite readable and it has a lot of good content and is a great reference. Good to have on your bookshelf."
"A2 - An excellent book that covers pretty much all important aspects of cardiac anesthesia, with an emphasis on conveying the underlying pathophysiology and anesthesiological implications thereof. A worthy read even if you're not into cardiac anesthesia, since many of the described pathologies are encountered in your run-of-the-mill cases too."
"A3 - An excellent and very concise introduction to neuroanesthesia, that can be read quite quickly if need be. Very high-yield information about most areas of neuroanesthesia, including neuro critical care."
"B2 - A compact and pretty good cardiology text with a lot of clinically relevant information. It has good core chapters on ACS and the the like. Not all domains are adequately covered, but together with Uptodate, it provides a good, affordable introduction to the field."
"A1 - THE BEST medical book I've ever read! The authors have done a fabulous job and give the reader a wonderful overview of the whole field of heart disease - from basic physiology, through the pathophysiology, all the way up to the clinical pictures you'll see. This book will give you the foundation you need to understand many things later on and is a pleasure to read at that! BUY IT!"
"A2 - A good book that will give the reader many insights into this difficult subject. It doesn't read quite as easily as Lilly's Heart Disease, but with a bit of jumping back-and-forth and crosslinking it has a lot to offer."
"A1 - A strange book in many regards - it begins with the format and continues with its unique mix of pharmacology and pathophysiology. It is VERY evidence-based and will give you a truly deep understanding of the pharmacology of heart medications. Perhaps this is the reason why it pops up in so many cardiac anesthesiologist's bookshelves."
"A1 - A very good introduction to interpreting 12-lead EKGs with a unique approach. The book is split up into three difficulty levels, which permits you to very efficiently read it. The book is printed in landscape format, which gives you full-sized 12-leads. Another advantage of this book is the shear amount of EKGs, which helps to get you accustomed to the variability you will see."
"A1 - An excellent book on arrhythmia recognition. Being targeted not only at doctors the pathophysiological discussions of arrhythmias will not satisfy everyone. For a good discussion of the pathophysiology of arrhythmias, I recommend the excellent chapter in Lilly. Otherwise though, this book has a lot to offer and has a lot of great figures."
"B1 - This book is unique in its approach in that in each chapter, it seeks to answer a clinical question, then presents three cases at the beginning of the chapter, followed by an in-depth discussion of the latest evidence on the subject as well as a discussion of the cases. It contains a lot of great information and can definitely be recommended."
"B1 - This book has a certain amount of overlap with Arrhythmia Recognition by Garcia, however it has a more rigorous coverage of pathophysiology and most importantly, for each category of arrhythmia, it derives a treatment algorithm, the rationale for which will be totally clear after reading the chapter."
"B1 - a very concise and up-to-date review of TEE, written by some of the people at the forefront of the field. Excellent illustrations and pictures as well as great online videos to accompany the book."
"B1 - A great book covering most important aspects of cardiothoracic critical care. I've time and time again been astounded by how high-yield some of this material is. Also very affordable. Recommended for anyone starting out in the ICU and who wants to develop a good thought-process for managing patients."
"B1 - Probably the best introductory neonatology book there is, written by a renowned leader in the field. It covers a selection of the most important disease entities in neonates and works you through challenging cases, providing you with the pathophysiological as well as clinical foundation to develop an approach and understand what's going on around you. Absolutely excellent!"
"C1 - As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and this could not be more true when it comes to the complex anatomy you're confronted with in CHD. This book is a gem and a must-have for anyone who has to do with CHD in any way. Aside from the anatomy, it covers the pathophysiology and treatment options of all of the defects."
"C1 - A very compact book with broad, yet relatively detailed coverage of neonatology. One can very quickly gain an overview of a specific topic, perfect for reading on the way to work or for cramming before the beginning of a rotation. Like the other Spiral Manuals, very hierarchical and generally well-structured. It has a very nice section on CHD."
"B1 - A very concise review of pharmacology with nice overview trees at the beginning of each chapter to aid you in quickly getting the big picture of where the different drug classes fit in. Quite high-yield material."
"B1 - A great introduction to cardiovascular physiology, recommended for anyone interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the heart and circulation. I only realized how clinically relevant some of this information is years later. Great combined with Lilly."