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January 3, 1986

Manual of Pediatric Anesthesia

Author Affiliations

Evanston, Ill

JAMA. 1986;255(1):100-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010110041

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This reviewer had the pleasure, in 1979, of recommending the first edition of Dr Steward's excellent Manual of Pediatric Anesthesia, and the second (1985) edition is an even stronger addition to texts in this subspecialty.

The new edition follows the first's format in presenting three principal sections, viz, "Foundations of Pediatric Anesthesia," "Anesthesia for Specific Procedures," and appendices. Of the specific procedures, principal pediatric operations in ten major surgical subspecialties (eg, general and thoracoabdominal, plastic and reconstructive, and trauma) form section headings. Then follows a brief description of relevant anatomic and physiological features, special anesthetic problems, and anesthetic management. Specific steps of management are given in three subsections— preoperative, perioperative, and post-operative. This is a clear, logical presentation, concise and yet complete as a basis for anesthetic planning.

Nor is further study for each section neglected: "Suggested Additional Reading" lists approximately 250 references for the "Foundations of Pediatric