Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia

Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia

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believe that the readers would agree with this aspiration, once they get hold of a copy and embrace the HOLA concept in their daily clinical practice in critical care. The book is recommended to all those who want to learn and develop expertise in Critical Care Ultrasound.


S. Dhir Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK E-mail: [email protected]


Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia. J. McCormack and K. Kelly (editors). Published by Oxford University Press. Pp. 482. Price £33.00. ISBN 978-0-19-870486-7. needs to be reinforced at all levels and implemented in routine clinical practice. The contents and the structure of the book embrace the revised Curriculum for a Certificate of Completion of Training in Anaesthesia set by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. It includes about 60 well-structured patient updates in a question-answer format. The relevant CPD matrix matches are enumerated with every topic along with some important references for further reading on the subject (including guidelines of Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland/Royal College of Anaesthetists). This format has enabled a lot of information to be wrapped up in a small package. The style of presentation is simple, readable, and comprehensive. The contributing authors consist mostly of experienced and active consultants from the UK, as is evident by subtle nuggets of practical information and tips that are scattered throughout the text. This is an invaluable addition to the content of the book and should help those undergoing training in anaesthesia with extra benefit to the students appearing for the Final FRCA exam.

R. Goyal New Delhi, India E-mail: [email protected]


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Weniger aber besser, less but better. In less than 500 pages, the book ‘Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia’ offers a clear and concise picture of some of the most important patient scenarios in anaesthesiology. The book is based on the edifice of clinical anaesthesia, primarily involving patient discussions pertaining to diverse surgical milieu, co-existing diseases of the patient and their age consideration; trauma and resuscitation; patient evacuation and transport; and pain medicine. The key heads that this book includes are anaesthesia management in practically all sub-specialties such as obstetrics, paediatric, cardiac, vascular, neurosurgery, hepatobiliary, urology and ENT surgery. The other areas that are covered here are the day patient surgeries, some of the useful regional techniques in anaesthesia and difficult airway. The book begins with a chapter on General Anaesthesia where issues regarding the quality and safety in anaesthesia are discussed. The authors have explored some of the theatre mysteries such as the quest of the ‘perfect OT list’ and the ‘risk’ involved in a patient. Operation theatre utilization, time management and maximal theatre productivity are the mainstay for the list planners. On the other hand, the risk involved encompasses the risk of surgery, risk of anaesthesia and most importantly, the overall risk to the patient. The authors recommend that the patient’s autonomy and dignity must be acknowledged and their beliefs and attitudes be honoured. Team effort and meaningful communication to the patient is something that