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Book and Media Reviews
December 7, 2011

Kaplan’s Cardiac Anesthesia: The Echo Era

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California (nate.kelly@va.gov).

JAMA. 2011;306(21):2389-2390. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1778

Kaplan's Cardiac Anesthesia was first published in 1979, at the dawn of cardiac anesthesiology's modern era, and has since served as the specialty's reference text. During this time, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has revolutionized the field, allowing real-time monitoring of patients' cardiovascular status, accurate diagnosis of pathology, and decreased need for more invasive pulmonary artery catheterization. Hence, the sixth edition is appropriately entitled Kaplan's Cardiac Anesthesia: The Echo Era, acknowledging the critical role played by TEE and other ultrasound-imaging techniques in the modern care of the patient undergoing cardiac surgery. The editors and authors, many responsible for these recent advances in the field, have again provided a reference work that will greatly aid readers who provide perioperative care for patients undergoing cardiac surgery.