by Brendan T. Finucane and Albert Santora, 277 pp, with 166 illus, paper$19.95, Philadelphia, FA Davis Co, 1988.
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Airway management remains an insufficiently mastered skill among many groups of physicians. The necessary experience during residency tends to accrue to those training in anesthesiology. Residents in other specialties are too often left to acquire these life-sustaining faculties during one month or less of intubating patients under optimal conditions with the immediate supervision of an experienced anesthesiologist. They may not be prepared for what awaits in the more acute setting.
Both from Emory University, the authors of this very thorough but inexpensive book have filled a void by generating a well-balanced presentation of the topic, written for the medical student and nonanesthesiologist. Theirs is a pithy, well-illustrated, easy-to-read formulation of what every physician should know about the wide range of options currently available for management of the airway. No book can substitute for clinical experience, but this one will assuredly provide information that can enhance the effectiveness of any physician
Meyer RM. Principles of Airway Management. JAMA. 1988;260(15):2305-2306. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410150153055