Reviews of Educational Material  |   September 2016
Neonatal Anesthesia.
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  • Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • (Accepted for publication May 13, 2016.)
    (Accepted for publication May 13, 2016.)×
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Reviews of Educational Material / Pediatric Anesthesia
Reviews of Educational Material   |   September 2016
Neonatal Anesthesia.
Anesthesiology 9 2016, Vol.125, 607-608. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001202
Anesthesiology 9 2016, Vol.125, 607-608. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001202
Like a well-executed anesthetic, a new textbook should be timely, relevant, expert, and elegant, informed by history with an eye toward the future. Neonatal Anesthesia, edited by Jerrold Lerman, with contributions from a distinguished expert international group of specialists in pediatric anesthesia, neonatology, critical care, and surgery, is just that. In an exhaustive but approachable 458 pages, the text wonderfully balances theory and practice, providing perspectives from history and contemporary inquiry.
Advancing the state of knowledge from its 1988 predecessor of the same title by Cook and Marcy, Lerman’s book stands alone as an up-to-date text dedicated exclusively to the practice of anesthesia in neonates, a topic frequently relegated to a chapter in a larger book on the general practice of pediatric anesthesia. As such, it bears a heavy burden and carries it well. Despite some unchanging physiologic and anatomic factors contributing to morbidity and mortality of the neonate, advances in technology, understanding of pharmacology, and anesthetic care may improve patient safety and reduce morbidity as we push the boundaries of viability in the premature infant. Lerman’s text nicely highlights the complexities and advancements influencing neonatal care and equips the anesthesiologist with strategies for managing even the smallest preemie. And with the relatively recent implementation of pediatric anesthesiology as a board-certified subspecialty, the book takes on an additional layer of timeliness for those seeking expert review in preparation for certification demonstrating expertise in the care of our youngest and most uniquely vulnerable patients. To its credit, for all readers, from traditionalists to millennials, the text reads well on both paper and an e-reader format.
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