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Hatch and Sumner's Text book of Paediatric Anaesthesia.

Hatch and Sumner's Text book of Paediatric Anaesthesia. Third Edition. Eds R. Bingham, A. R. Lloyd-Thomas, M. R. J. Sury; Hodder Arnold; Distributor: Hachette Livre, Level 17, 207 Kent Street, Sydney, N.S.W. 2000; $375.00; 217x283 mm; pp. 786; ISBN 13: 978-0-340-912201.

This is the third edition of the classic paediatric textbook and provides an up-to-date detailed overview of the scope of paediatric anaesthetic practice. In contrast to the second edition in 1999, the number of chapters has doubled from 23 to 50. There has been a complete change in the authors of each section. The previous emphasis on surgical procedure-based anaesthesia has been replaced by a more comprehensive approach to neonatal and paediatric physiology, pharmacology and anaesthetic requirements.

The global perspective of this text is aided by a broad range of authors representing the major centres worldwide. Of the 63 authors, 44 are based in the United Kingdom, seven in Europe, six in the United States, four in Australia and two in South Africa. In general the text is well written, lucid and uniform in style. The book is divided into five major sections: the scientific basis of paediatric anaesthesia, basic techniques, special techniques, specialised anaesthesia, and organisation and philosophy. The section on paediatric anaesthesia in developing countries is particularly well written. Key learning points precede each subsection and key references for the topic precede the bibliography. The lack of colour in illustrations, pictures and tables however gives a rather grey appearance to the textbook.

An opportunity missed in this textbook is the failure to include a multimedia section of topics peculiar to paediatric anaesthesia. As has been demonstrated in the recent edition of Smith's Anaesthesia for Infants and Children, there is an expanding requirement for detailed video demonstration of anaesthetic techniques and procedures. Motoyama and Davis have included a DVD with video presentations of paediatric airway management and fibreoptic intubation, paediatric regional anaesthesia techniques, paediatric trauma management, paediatric cardiac anatomy and thorascopic and laparoscopic procedures in children. Given the marked increase in the use of ultrasound imaging for vascular access and regional anaesthesia in children, this omission represents an oversight that reflects a conservative approach by the editors.

This edition will be a useful addition in the library of most anaesthetic departments where it will provide a useful resource for paediatric physiology and pharmacology for junior trainees and a significant resource for anaesthetists involved in primary anaesthetic care of children.


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Author:Frawley, G.
Publication:Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2008
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