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Book and Media Reviews
September 16, 2009

Yao and Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management

JAMA. 2009;302(11):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1376

Yao and Artusio's Anesthesiology has become one of the texts preeminently used by anesthesiology graduates preparing for the oral board examination. It is much more than this. This multiauthored 6th edition has evolved into a significant body of work. It can be used as a quick reference for the busy practitioner needing a review before an uncommon case, for the nonspecialist in search of concise anesthesiology knowledge to advise a patient, or for the student trying to organize his or her anesthetic plan. While this book is not a stand-alone textbook of anesthesiology, it serves to assist the reader in organization of thought, and most importantly, in the clear, articulate expression of an anesthetic plan. As stated in the preface, it is designed to “present a group of important clinical entities covering the most critical anesthetic problems.” The editors have done an excellent job of using case presentations (stem questions) to cover main topics, weaving side issues of importance into the discussion. In so doing, they have edited a book that covers many more important subjects than the individual chapter titles might suggest.

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