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Anesthesiologist's Manual of Surgical Procedures

Alexander W. Gotta, MD
JAMA. 1996;275(11):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530350062037.
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When I began my training in anesthesiology some 35 years ago, one of the first books that I purchased was a textbook of surgery, believing then (as I am convinced now) that appropriate care of the surgical patient demands knowledgeable interaction among well-educated, trained professionals—surgeon, anesthesiologist, and operating room nurse— each with some understanding of the activities of the other. Too many anesthesiologists slink behind the great blue wall separating surgeon and anesthesiologist (the blood-brain barrier), content in an intellectual sequestrum. Anesthesiologist's Manual of Surgical Procedures thus has a laudable aim: to produce an informed anesthesiologist knowing the needs of surgeon and patient and able to create an anesthetic plan suitable to meet their needs. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a host of problems and the aim falls short.

First, the book lacks identity. Is it a definitive textbook or a primer? At 5½ lbs and 948 pages, it should


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