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February 11, 1983

Acute Cardiovascular Management: Anesthesia and Intensive Care

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Chicago

JAMA. 1983;249(6):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330300088049

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This is a large book whose authors come from all parts of the country, though most are from Stanford's anesthesia department. It covers much of what is currently accepted about the perioperative management of the patient having cardiac surgery. I think this book achieves the goal of elucidating the contemporary theory and practice of acute cardiovascular therapeutics.

The opus presents a mass of observations, concepts, and knowledge, which has accumulated so rapidly and in so many places that it has been hard for the trainee or practitioner to master. In fact, organized access to thousands of recent and relevant references may be the greatest strength of this volume. The topics of the 28 chapters range from myocardial energetics and cellular physiology to pacing and cardiac catheterization, management of heart transplants and ventricular mapping, and even the education of the cardiac anesthesiologist.

In my view, opinion is not always adequately separated