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In the second edition of this multiauthored book, previously existing chapters have been expanded and three new chapters incorporated. In addition, more contributors have been added to the list of distinguished medical specialists. This text should be used primarily for reference, since discussions of basic physiology and pathophysiology are difficult owing to their complex nature. Beginners in anesthesia curricula will have difficulty reading this book.
The chapters are organized with great care and are properly sequenced. However, the quality of the chapters is inconsistent. Chapter 1 presents discussions of numerous genetically transmitted diseases, and is particularly important to those interested in medical minutiae. Chapter 2 contrasts with chapter 1 because of its lack of in-depth discussions of obstetric physiology and pathophysiology. Inconsistencies are noted, eg, "antacids may produce more pulmonary abnormalities than gastric aspirate," but another section concludes that "antacids are recommended."
Vague generalizations regarding anesthesia for the geriatric patient
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