- Series: Expert Consult Title: Online + Print
- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: Saunders; 6 edition (July 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1437716148
- ISBN-13: 978-1437716146
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Basics of Anesthesia, 6e (Expert Consult Title: Online + Print) 6th Edition
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The text is technical, dense, and demands your full attention. There is no light reading here, with the possible exception of the first four chapters (history of anesthesia, scope of anesthesia practice, etc.). This is a textbook, full of detail that must be learned the hard way. Once I got into it, it was interesting enough and frequently insightful. No textbook gives you "just what you need to know" in daily practice, but this one comes closer to that ideal than any other I have read.
People who completed their training years ago will find this text valuable too. As a practicing anesthesiologist, I found a lot here that applies to my daily work. Since most review courses cover specific topics, with no attempt to be comprehensive, there is real benefit to the overview that this textbook offers. There is no easy way to stay up to date with all of the science in anesthesia, but this book served as the most practical approach for me.
The preface states that they have expanded the "geographic diversity of their contributors," but a quick glance at the list shows that this is still mostly a UCSF production (not a bad thing). Robert Stoelting, one of the best editors in anesthesia, is no longer on board, but this book doesn't suffer from his absence. It is very tightly edited, and the standards were evidently very high, because every chapter is well written and well organized.
With the purchase, you get an activation of expertconsult.com, which allows you to access the textbook online, anywhere you have access to the web. In the online version you get a search function, and the references are linked to the medline database, where you can get the abstracts, but not the full text of the original articles.
Lots of people claim that this book is the best study guide for the anesthesiology board written exam. I don't know how you can prove such a claim, but many hold it as an article of faith. It is an excellent study guide regardless, and you won't go astray with this book for your board preparation.
If you are making a career in anesthesia, you will need a more than this, probably both Miller and Barash, but those will be reference books, not something that you will read from cover to cover (I know one person who claims to have done so, and he is just freaky enough that I believe him). Most of us can read this one. When you finish, you will be at the pinnacle of your medical knowledge. Of course it's all downhill from there, but such is life.
Great book and a good start to learning about anesthesia, but there are better books out there. This is a simplified version to give you the basics.
Recommended to medical students on anesthesia rotation or early residency. Should get other books continuing into residency though.