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This single volume is comprised of 11 chapters by different contributors, each covering diseases of a specific body system. In their preface, Berry, from the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Steward, from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, state that until now there had been no pediatric anesthesia textbook that concisely covered the underlying medical diseases of the pediatric patient. Their intent is to assist the anesthesiologist who must evaluate a child with coexisting medical disease, be it a respiratory, cardiac, neurologic, or other condition.
Each of the chapters is well written and replete with up-to-date information, although the literary style varies considerably. Several chapters seem more like in-depth reviews of the diseases discussed, with little direct clinical or practical discussion specifically tailored to the anesthesiologist. For example, the extensive section on congenital
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