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Anesthesia for Obstetrics

Andrew M. Malinow, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(24):3425-3426. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390240131048.
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Considered by many to be the definitive work in the field, the first edition of this textbook has become a well-worn yet dated occupant on the bookshelves of all anesthesiologists who have ever worked in a labor suite. It has been eight years since the first edition of this book was published, and as time has passed, obstetric anesthesiology has evolved as a subspecialty. Advances in scientific knowledge have allowed anesthesiologists to take their place among equally well-trained medical and nursing personnel in defining the standards of care for routine and high-risk pregnancy. Needless to say, we have all been anxiously awaiting this new arrival.

This work arises mainly from the combined experience of the two editors who, over the past 20 years, have built a reputation for quality and innovative clinical care as well as first-class pharmacologic and physiological research at the University of California—San Francisco. More than half


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