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Book and Media Reviews
December 15, 2010

Peripheral Regional Anesthesia: An Atlas of Anatomy and Techniques

JAMA. 2010;304(23):2647. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1839

“Compared to general anesthesia, regional anesthesia can provide anatomically selective anesthesia with less interference with the patient's vital functions and a reduced need for opiates.” So begins Peripheral Regional Anesthesia: An Atlas of Anatomy and Techniques. Gisela Meier and Johannes Buettner's composition may be better described as a work of art than as a true textbook. It is replete with figures, photographs, radiographs, and ultrasound and magnetic resonance images that underscore anatomy relevant for the achievement of localized analgesia. The atlas is accompanied by an excellent DVD containing video clips that show practitioners performing several different regional blocks.