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My first presumption on being asked to review this book was that such a work would be directed more to anesthesiologists than to practicing ophthalmologists. On starting the text, however, it became clear that it is equally valuable to members of both specialties. The book is written by a team of one ophthalmologist and two anesthesiologists in a practical and informative fashion. There are 19 chapters, which begin with basic ocular anatomy, physiology, and anesthetic pharmacology, and progress to specialized topics such as ophthalmic anesthesia for premature infants, special needs for the geriatric patient, and special precautions to deal with the complications encountered in multisystem syndromes associated with idiosyncratic reactions under anesthesia.
The text is thoroughly researched and referenced and yet remains clinically practical in its approach. Answers to most conceivable questions about anesthesia that are likely to be entertained by an ophthalmologist are available. The appropriate preoperative management of
Kersten RC. Anesthesia for Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(1):33. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030019023
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