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Book and Media Reviews
May 14, 2008

Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Principles and Practice

JAMA. 2008;299(18):2210-2211. doi:10.1001/jama.299.18.2210

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.—Albert Einstein

The third edition of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Principles and Practice has been updated to reflect advances in surgical innovation and developments in perfusion management. The authors have restructured the present edition by expanding sections on neonates, infants, and children, while adding 2 new chapters on patient safety and teamwork as they relate to patient outcome. With 2 additional editors, this recent addition brings added insight from the surgical and perfusion perspectives. The authors' intent is for the text to illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of cardiopulmonary bypass involving cardiothoracic anesthesia, cardiac surgery, and perfusion teams. The advancement of cardiac surgery with increasingly complex procedures has been made possible by crucial developments in cardiopulmonary bypass techniques. The text is divided into 6 sections, each with a separate focus on different aspects of cardiopulmonary bypass management: history, equipment, physiology and pathology, hematology, clinical applications, and patient profiles.