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Book and Media Reviews
March 7, 2012

Basics of Anesthesia

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (mdauber@dacc.uchicago.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(9):972-973. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.244

Since the 1984 publication of the first edition of Basics of Anesthesia the science, practice, and educational material in the field has changed dramatically. Now in its sixth edition, the book—a staple of education to medical students and trainees in anesthesia—has undergone a parallel evolution. What was originally intended to provide a basic, bare-bones introduction to the science—and, to a lesser degree, the art—of anesthesia practice for readers with a only brief exposure to the field has become the leading text initially studied by first-year anesthesia residents as they begin their 3-year continuum in anesthesiology training.