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The book is an edited collection of reports given at the Annual Utah Post-graduate Course in Anesthesiology in 1984. The 13 authors of the articles are all well-known authorities in their field of cardiovascular anesthesiology.
I found the book to be easily readable and to contain a large number of subjects of interest to the cardiovascular anesthesiologist. It was my opinion (and, I believe, the authors') that the book was not published as a reference source in cardiovascular anesthesiology, but there are many small, practical bits of information in the book that may or may not be part of any particular cardiovascular anesthesiologist's armamentarium. I believe that the true emphasis of the book is its almost philosophical approach to a large number of knotty problems that face cardiovascular anesthesiologists each and every day. Even though two articles by two different authors in the book might be diametrically opposed (such as
HUMPHRIES JH. Anesthesia and the Cardiovascular System. Arch Surg. 1985;120(2):245. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390260103020