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Analgesia, Anaesthesia and Pregnancy
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A thoroughly updated 2007 edition of this well-established practical guide to obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia originally published by W. B. Saunders. All aspects of obstetric medicine relevant to the anaesthetist are covered, from conception, throughout pregnancy, to after birth care. The emphasis is on pre-empting problems and maximising quality of care. The authors have identified over 150 potential complications each covered in two sections: issues raised and management options, with key points extracted into boxes for quick reference. A section on organisational aspects such as record keeping, training, protocols and guidelines makes this an important resource for any labour ward or hospital dealing with pregnant women. Presented in a clear, structured format, this book will be invaluable to trainee anaesthetists at all levels and to experienced anaesthetists who encounter obstetric patients. Obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives, nurses and operating department practitioners wishing to extend or update their knowledge will also find it highly beneficial.


From reviews of the first edition:‘This is a book that openly professes to be a ‘short practical text’ - and it has achieved its objective very successfully indeed. Clearly set out with discreet well-organized chapters, the text is easy to read and presents a comprehensive overview of a difficult field in a ‘user-friendly’ form.’

Source: European Journal of Anaesthesiology

‘The authors have succeeded in producing an excellent book in a style that sets it apart from, and possibly above, recent similar publications. The layout lends itself to update for future editions. The book achieves its aim of targeting anaesthetists in training at all levels, and would provide a useful handbook for both the experienced and the occasional consultant obstetric anaesthetist.’

Source: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia

‘This book will be of value to anaesthetic trainees and more senior obstetric anaesthetists as it covers both the fundamentals of routine obstetric anaesthesia and the more complex problems encountered less frequently.’

Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal

‘The strength of this book is the brief reference list at the end of each chapter. In most cases the references cited are recent (1990-1999) and pertinent.’

Source: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia

‘The diversity of topics and their limited analysis makes it easy to read the text quickly and pick up key points. At the end of each topic is a bullet point synopsis. … It is these characteristics of the book that create the practical approach. … The book … is certain to be popular given its broad authorship and succinct style.

Source: British Journal of Anaesthesia

'… this book successfully accomplish[es] the goal of being a practical guide to the most important aspects of obstetric medicine required to safely practise obstetric anesthesia. The short, concise chapters provide the reader with multiple treatment options for the common problems encountered in obstetric anesthesia. … The chapters discussing the impact of co-existing diseases on pregnancy provide an excellent overview that is applicable to anesthesia providers practising in all obstetrical settings.'

Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia

'… makes a nice addition to the library of anesthesiologists who want a concise and yet comprehensive book covering a wide range of topics in obstetric anesthesia.'

Source: Anesthesiology

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