Complications in Anesthesiology is a substantial, even copious, contribution to anesthesia literature. Its 62 authors have written 57 chapters covering 13 major topics in 765 largeformat pages. Although some space is devoted to relatively minor details about rare occurrences, the redundancy that often plagues multiauthored compendiums is almost absent. Because anesthesia alters vital homeostatic mechanisms and can be highly invasive, the potential for complications is great. Indeed, watching for and dealing with complications is the mainstay of clinical practice. This volume covers in detail the whole spectrum of problems that might be encountered—from human error to equipment failure. Completeness makes the book both a text and a reference, so it should be of value to residents, clinicians, and academicians involved with anesthetic care ranging from the emergency room to outpatient management of chronic pain.
The editors are to be commended for including chapters on awareness during anesthesia and postoperative emotional