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Cardiopulmonary Bypass.

Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Eds S. Ghosh, F. Falter, D. Cook. Cambridge University Press, The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK; US$60.00; 156x233 mm; pp. 207; ISNB: 978-0-5217-2199-8.

This concise book of just over 200 pages provides a practical overview of the aspects of managing cardiopulmonary bypass in adults. The contributing authors come from a variety of recognised hospitals in both the UK and the USA. The 15 chapters logically divide the book into easy-to-read sections, and cover the equipment, anticoagulation, priming and conduct of bypass, including myocardial protection, mechanical circulatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, as well as looking at aspects of complications of bypass with chapters on organ damage, cerebral morbidity and acute kidney damage. The final chapter covers cardiopulmonary bypass for non-cardiac procedures.

I found the book easy to read, as it presents the information in a rather informal way--more a 'chat' style than a didactic tome. This perhaps reflects the experience of the authors and their ability to describe what they do on a daily basis. I do feel that while the authors offer quite a good overview of the topic, one should not expect much depth, and although each chapter has a list of "suggested further reading", the lack of references for some of the comments/ observations is a little frustrating. There are a number of 'motherhood', self-evident statements in the book, such as, "A comprehensive understanding of the physiology of CPB is essential for optimum benefit ..." which might grate with the more experienced practitioner.

At approximately A$120 the book represents quite good value as an introductory, easy-to-read and practical text for junior anaesthetists and trainees who would like a greater understanding of the practicalities of cardiopulmonary bypass. I doubt that experienced practitioners will personally gain much from the book, although perhaps it could provide information which could be useful for teaching, as suggested in the preface.

D. Baines

Sydney, New South Wales

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Author:Baines, D.
Publication:Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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