Yao and Artusio's Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management, 6th Edition
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Number Of Pages: 1376 Publication Date: 2007-08-01ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0781765102ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780781765107
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Now in its Sixth Edition, this best-selling text is the only anesthesiology book with a case-based, problem-oriented approach. It is widely used to study for the American Board of Anesthesiology's oral exams and as a refresher for practicing anesthesiologists and CRNAs. Chapters cover 62 surgical procedures and problems in all major areas of anesthesiology. Each chapter presents a case and asks questions about preoperative evaluation, patient preparation, intraoperative management, and postoperative care. Questions are followed by thorough explanations and references. This edition has a broadly based authorship, with two new Associate Editors and one-third new contributors. New chapters cover postoperative pain management and electroconvulsive therapy.
Summary: It's okay
Some questions and answers are good for the Anesthesia Board Exam, but some are not relevant.
Summary: Favorite book yet
Favorite book to read as far as textbooks go. Multiple extensive scenarios with short explanations that get right to the point and cite other important anesthesia books (Barash, Chestnut, Stoelting) so you can find where the info is from. Good conglomeration of all aspects of anesthesia cases.
Summary: New Edition (6th) is Worth Buying
Yao and Artusio's sixth edition is a valuable, clinically oriented reference. The 2008 version of this venerable book continues a tradition of excellence, while updating and adding new information. I recommend it to all practitioners of anesthesia.
The chapter list has a few changes, but remains similar to past editions. The format of case presentations, questions and answers has not changed since I was a resident in the late 80's. The editors have imposed a uniform chapter template upon all 77 authors, perhaps through the liberal use of whips and chains. There are an increasing number of experts from outside institutions, but this is largely a product of Cornell University and the New York City gas-passers. Among a host of new authors, there are many familiar names from prior editions. This is not a bad thing: the scholarship and writing are excellent. I remember that some of my professors used to look down their noses at this book, opining that it was not sufficiently academic. Nevertheless, the good clinicians on the faculty endorsed it wholeheartedly.
There are some small details that missed the editors' scrutiny. Some of the older chapters haven't been completely updated. Dr. Yao refers to a 1991 study as "recently reported." He still asks that question about the effects of cimetidine on asthma, and on aminophylline levels. A hypertensive patient is on propranolol and captopril. I don't know if those drugs are in everyday use elsewhere, but it was a trip down memory lane for me!
The references cited are often other textbooks, not original articles. This is in keeping with the practical nature of the book. When you are under the gun you want the facts, not a lot of theory. No need to refer to Anesthesiology's collection of exotica, which is often as relevant to my practice as the adventures of the Mars Rovers.
Compared to the 5th edition, the new volume is heftier, with 120 additional pages. The editors have maintained the 9 by 7 inch size, which is easier to carry and read than a full size text. It is too heavy for a portable quick reference, however.
This book is not inherently fascinating. I would not read it for pleasure. It contains lists of differential diagnoses, classifications, and predictors. Important stuff, but not easy to read. Yet it is a very useful reference. I think it is essential for preparation for the oral boards (I disagree with another reviewer who considers it too detailed for oral board review), or as a review for an upcoming case. I also use it to outline some of my lectures for residents. It combines a decent scientific foundation with a real life practicality, a practicality which is sorely missing from many anesthesia texts.
Summary: must have for oral boards
these are the oral board *questions*. these are not (IMHO) the best *answers* for the examiners. but who cares? for publishing the questions on the oral boards they deserve twice the money. how do they get away with it? i mean, the questions are not supposed to be reproduced anywhere i thought. this is my suggestion. write down all the questions in the book. then look up the answers yourself and ask your professors what they think. but when you take the oral boards if you start spouting
yao and artusio answers straight out of the book at the testers i think it will cause you some trouble. if medicine is an art, then anesthesia oral board tests are abstract art. it is all interpretation.
Summary: Yao & Artusio's Anesthesiology
state of the art book for all anesthesiology residents for every day life and board exams, one of the best books i have read, concise, pertinent, easy to read and to the date.
not a book to start with in anesthesiology, but it contains answers to the questions you can't find the answer, and a very good last read before clinical exams.
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