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Smith conceived the idea for this book while studying for his anesthesia boards. Finding no organized source of information dealing with abnormal function and oriented toward the anesthesiologist, he decided to write his own book. The present material is based on his collected notes.
He has divided the book into three sections, each concerned with pathological problems which may affect the patient's response to anesthesia. In the first section he covers pathology coincident to the surgical condition. This he follows with a section on problems that develop during anesthesia. A short third section is devoted to the problems for which the operation is being performed.
For the most part, Dr. Smith has chosen to use the outline form of presentation. Only a few figures and tables interrupt the book's 600 pages.
One major drawback of the book is the use of out-dated references. He cites, for example, the first edition
Walts LF. Pathological Physiology for the Anesthesiologist. JAMA. 1967;201(8):644. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130080086042
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