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August 11, 1993

Clinical Anesthesia

Author Affiliations

Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh, Pa
Del Ray Beach, Fla

JAMA. 1993;270(6):766-767. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510060112046

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The second edition of Clinical Anesthesia updates a valuable and established textbook. The editors have solved the problem of keeping up with a rapidly expanding database by inviting contributions from 98 authors. The result is a comprehensive work that just escapes needing a second volume. The information, packed into a user friendly format, provides both the clinical anesthesiologist and the student with all the information that might be needed to practice and to study, respectively.

In the preface to the second edition, a caveat is clearly set forth by the editors: many changes have occurred that have had an impact on medicine in general and anesthesiology in particular. For example, neither standard textbook nor residency provides information in such areas as "Continuing Quality Improvement," credentialing, practice management, or medical staff citizenship. Additionally, out-of-the-operating-room anesthesia services have expanded almost exponentially; diagnostic units, cancer treatment centers, and ambulatory surgical centers have required