Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice 4e, Stoelting

Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice 4th Edition by Robert K. Stoelting and Simon C. Hillier offers comprehensive, current, clinically oriented, authoritative information on all aspects of pharmacology and physiology that are relevant to perioperative patient management. This edition includes all new drugs and new findings on actions and interactions of established drugs.

More than 400 diagrams and more than 100 tables complement the text. This edition's new two-color page design will help readers spot key information. A separate drug index is included for quick reference. Subscribe to Lippincott's Interactive Anesthesia Library and get online access to the fully searchable content of eight critically acclaimed references in anesthesiology, critical care, and pain management.

At first glance, it would appear that the physiology section of the third edition has undergone less dramatic evolution, compared with the pharmacology section of the textbook; this is not the case. Although these chapters are not as thoroughly referenced as the chapters in the pharmacology section, there has been extensive updating of references, revisions to the text, and the addition of many new and more detailed illustrations and tables. The chapters on the central nervous system, the physiology of the heart and lungs, the electrocardiogram, and acid-base balance are of particular importance to anesthesia practitioners.

The textbook is attractively covered, and the text and figures are sharp and visible. Figures and illustrations are all in black and white, but this does not affect their quality or interpretability. The table of contents is extremely useful, as it identifies the pages on which particular drugs are discussed, making it quicker to locate the material, rather than having to search the index. The subject index is extensive, in most cases expanding two to three levels under a particular topic.

The text itself is well written and reads more easily than that found in similar textbooks. This edition contains substantially more new and important information than the previous edition, making it an essential addition to medical and departmental libraries and an excellent reference for those in need of updating their knowledge of the pharmacology and physiology of drugs in anesthetic practice.

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