This small (188 pages) volume produced under the editorship of two of England's most distinguished anesthetists presents selected topics in varying degrees of theoretical v practical emphasis. Ten contributors in addition to Dr Rees have written the book's 12 chapters, a situation that inevitably produces an uneven perspective in presentation, though— happily in this volume—a minimum of repetition.
The editors state in their preface that this is not a textbook of pediatric anesthesia but is intended rather as a guide for the general anesthetist in dealing safely with "these often tiny" patients. To serve this purpose the material is not presented with sufficient specificity or organization to guide a practitioner safely through a pediatric anesthetic. Either a great deal is assumed in the practitioner's past training and experience, or he needs a practical supplement such as David J. Steward's excellently organized and comprehensive Manual of Pediatric Anesthesia (JAMA 1980; 243:2095-2096).