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In their preface, the authors expressed their desire to discuss selected diseases whose underlying pathophysiologic processes might profoundly affect normal anesthetic management. Since the "normal anesthetic management" for frequently encountered diseases should be so sufficiently all-embracing as to eliminate the unexpected, the diseases covered here tend to be uncommon.
Katz, Kadis, and their 24 co-workers have assembled an astounding number of uncommon conditions. These have been well organized into 15 appropriate categories (chapters). Each group is then discussed in general and each condition is considered separately. The chapter titles and the index allow for quick reference to specific diseases.
It is in the area of quick reference that this book excells. In no other single volume can one find so much information about so many rare or unusual diseases, together with definite suggestions for logical anesthetic management. With this book, an anesthesiologist can quickly review the pathophysiology of almost any
Lumpkin WL. Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases: Pathophysiologic and Clinical Correlations. Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(6):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320240171033