Reviews of Educational Material  |   June 2017
Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, 4th Edition.
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  • Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Rotkreuzklinikum München, München, Germany (E.M.).
  • (Accepted for publication February 15, 2017.)
    (Accepted for publication February 15, 2017.)×
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Reviews of Educational Material / Critical Care / Radiological and Other Imaging / Regional Anesthesia / Quality Improvement
Reviews of Educational Material   |   June 2017
Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, 4th Edition.
Anesthesiology 6 2017, Vol.126, 1205. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001614
Anesthesiology 6 2017, Vol.126, 1205. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001614
Now in its fourth edition, Fundamentals of Anaesthesia is, and will remain, a classic of British anesthetic literature. First appearing in 1999, following the development of the syllabus of the feared Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists exam, the book aimed to cover the majority of the syllabus. Due to the ever-evolving nature of medical practice, not least with the increasing role of technology in anesthetic practice, whether in the form of ultrasonography or hemodynamic monitoring, this textbook has similarly evolved while remaining focused on the basic principles of anesthesia.
This edition, like its predecessors, is divided into four sections: clinical anesthesia, physiology, pharmacology, and physics and clinical measurement. These sections are subdivided into a number of chapters offering a comprehensive review of all aspects of these sections. The physiology chapter in particular provides a review of aspects of physiology relevant to clinical practice, and even the trained physician would benefit from occasionally reviewing these aspects. A notable improvement in this edition is seen in the clarity of the illustrations provided with more color without an overabundance of detail as well as the highlighting of particularly important facts in yellow and green boxes, emphasizing examples, calculations, or techniques.
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