Anesthesia Library

Basic Anesthesia Texts I own and recommend

Clinical AnesthesiologyClinical Anesthesiology by Edward Morgan and Maged Mikhail. This book has value no matter what stage of your training you are at. Each and every line is important. What you get out of it in your first year is different from what you get out of it in your final year. It is very helpful for the boards. You can get tired of reading massive chapters in Miller or Barash, so instead you can do the same chapter from Morgan and get concise information. Thus you won’t feel daunted when it comes time to take on the larger detailed version in Miller. A must read during your first year of training. This new edition has made some nice improvements over the former edition.

basics of anesthesiaBasics of Anesthesia 5th ed by deitors Robert Stoelting and Ronald Miller. I can not stress strongly enough how valuable this beginning text is. If I had to have only one book in the first year of residency it would be Miller’s Basics of Anesthesia. There is more information per page in this text that is absolutely essential than any other text available. It is widely acknowledged as the foremost introductory text of its kind and is the most authoritative and complete overview of anesthesia theory and practice available today for the beginning practitioner.

In this revamped 5th edition the chapters have all new authors with Stoelting and Miller as editors now. The updated version is well worth the expense.

Adult Perioperative Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology (Requisites in Anesthesia Series) by Daniel Cole and Michelle Schlunt.

Explains the basic principles, clinical concepts, and management options involved in providing anesthesia for adult patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures. Discusses recent advances and changing trends and summarizes current practice guidelines.

MillerMiller’s Anesthesia by Ronald Miller. From fundamental principles to advanced subspecialty procedures, this masterwork covers the full scope of contemporary anesthesia practice in just two volumes. A who’s who of internationally recognized authorities offers in-depth, state-of-the-art coverage of basic science and pharmacology…step-by-step instructions for patient management…and an in-depth analysis of ancillary responsibilities and problems. Video clips on the accompanying CD-ROM demonstrate the proper technique for new and difficult procedures. And, a new, continuously updated online version delivers even more reference power.

Clinical Anesthesia by Barash Clinical Anesthesia by Paul Barash. What I like the most about the Barash Clinical Anesthesia Text is that it is written for all anesthesia providers and does not cater to the snobbishness that is so evident in other touted texts. Internationally recognized experts in the field share their clinical based knowledge and insight into the principles and practice of modern anesthesiology, emphasizing cost-effective delivery of anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and pain management. This text puts the theory into practice for all providers of anesthesia. Highly recommended.

Anesthesia and Coexisting DiseaseAnesthesia and Co-Existing Disease by Robert Stoelting and Stephen Dierdorf.

Two of the field’s most respected leaders provide critical knowledge on the medical implications of co-existing pathophysiology on the management of anesthesia. Common diseases are discussed in detail, while rare diseases receive attention based on unique features that could be of importance in the perioperative period.

Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia Practice
Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia Practice by Robert Stoelting is the seminal text that covers all aspects of pharmacology and physiology that are relevant to perioperative anesthetic management of patients. Tailored specifically to anesthetists’ needs, the book provides the current information on drugs and organ functions that is essential for clinical decision-making. The Physiology section, arranged by body system, explains how normal and abnormal body functions impact anesthetic management.

Basic Pharmacology Texts for Anesthesia Practice

Basic and Clinical PharmacologyBasic and Clinical Pharmacology by Bertram Katzung is one of the best purchases in books I have ever made. The most current, authoritative and comprehensive pharmacology book for medical, pharmacy and other health science students. Widely respected for its clarity, comprehensiveness, and organization, this pharmacology course book presents the essential concepts that students need to know about the science of pharmacology and their application. Focuses on the basic principles of each drug group as well as the clinical choice and use of drugs in patients and the monitoring of their effects.

Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia PracticePharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia Practice by Robert Stoelting. I did not know whether to put this text in the basic required text book section or in the Pharmacology Text Book section so I included it in both. This is an important book and should be well used. I have found it to be particularly helpful.

Note: New edition is due out in November 2005.

Goodman & Gilman’s: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics by Nobel Prize Laureate Alfred Goodman is the one s

Goodman and Gilman's

eminal pharmacology texts that should be in every practitioners


library. Throughout it’s history, Goodman & Gilman’s careful balance of basic science and clinical application has guided practitioners to a clear understanding of the drugs most useful in preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease. It details how and why drugs affect different body systems, the chemical properties of drugs, dosage information, drug interactions and toxic effects.

Anesthetic Pharmacology Anesthetic Pharmacology by Alex S. Evers and Mervyn Maze. The publisher touts this book as, “the book that Anesthesiology called ‘a valuable reference irrespective of level of training or experience.’ This beautifully illustrated, full-color text offers more in-depth coverage of pharmacology and physiology, especially at the molecular level. This resource is perfect for board preparation, recertification, or for use by clinicians wanting to enhance their understanding of the mechanisms of drug action and find a framework from which they can approach the use of new drugs in practice.”

Specialty Anesthesia Text Books

Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice by David Chestnut. The New Edition of this comprehensive, highly respected reference encompasses the entire current state of knowledge about obstetric anesthesia. Edited by a leading authority in the field, it covers everything from basic science through the various anesthesia techniques for labor and delivery. The full range of anesthetic and obstetric complications is addressed, as well as medical disorders during pregnancy.


Shnider and Levinson's Anesthesia for ObstetricsShnider and Levinson’s Anesthesia for Obstetrics is a publication out the University of California at San Francisco.

This comprehensive text of the physiologic, pharmacologic, and clinical aspects of anesthesia is excellent for practitioners and residents. Previous edition, c1993, was titled Anesthesia for Obstetrics, by Sol M. Shnider. Extensive references and illustrations in a variety of formats are included.

Pediatric AnesthesiaPediatric Anesthesia by George A. Gregory is a comprehensive reference that offers a complete exploration of the basic concepts of pediatric anesthesia, with detailed descriptions of the most effective techniques for use in a wide variety of medical situations. This text is a comprehensive reference on the physiologic and pharmacologic principles of anesthesia in infants and children. Includes the changes in the specialty and how to educate practitioners who provide anesthesia for infants and children.

Pediatric Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology
Pediatric Anesthesia: The Requisites in Anesthesiology by Ronald S. Litman is one of the volumes in The Requisites in Anesthesiology Series. It concisely presents all of the knowledge essential to the safe practice of pediatric anesthesia and covers everything from general pediatric physiology and pharmacology principles through important pediatric diseases; preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care; anesthesia for a full range of specific surgical procedures; and critical care. Case studies in each chapter demonstrate the clinical relevance of the material and test readers’ comprehension. Tightly focused, user-friendly chapters make it ideal both as a refresher for certification or recertification, and as a reference for everyday clinical practice.

Cardiac AnesthesiaPractical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia by Frederick Hensley. Every anesthesia resident should run, not walk, to purchase this book. It is concise, very readable, and can be used as the primary reference for the cardiac anesthesia rotations. To date I have yet to find a significant omission. This revision of the popular handbook presents essential information on cardiac anesthesia in an easy-to-use outline format that facilitates fast reference. This guide offers anesthesiologists and anesthesiology residents, as well as nurse anesthetists or perfusionists, a comprehensive and current reference in a portable format that can be carried right into the OR. Handbook addresses the changes in cardiac anesthesia and surgery from 1995 to present. Edition includes pain management, surgical procedures, new methods of spinal cord protection, invasive cardiac surgical procedures. Features key points, chapter outlines, and references for further reading.

Cardiac and Vascular Anesthesia: Requisites in Anesthesia SeriesCardiac and Vascular Anesthesia: Requisites in Anesthesia Series by Jacqueline M., MD Leung. This new volume in the “Requisites in Anesthesiology” series delivers succinct, yet comprehensive, clinically oriented coverage of cardiac and vascular anesthesia. It explores everything from the pathophysiology of the various cardiovascular conditions, through their clinical implications and surgical management, to the relevant monitoring, anesthesia procedures, and pharmacology. Practical, “high-yield” content makes this book ideal as a refresher for certification or recertification, and as a reference for everyday clinical practice.

Regional Anesthesia

Essentials Of Pain Medicine And Regional AnesthesiaEssentials Of Pain Medicine And Regional Anesthesia by Honorio Benzon. Concise text on the essential topics in pain medicine and regional anesthesia. Eight sections include: basic considerations, clinical evaluation and diagnostic examinations, pharmacology, therapeutic interventions, postoperative pain, chronic pain syndromes, and local anesthetics and nerve blockade. For residents and practitioners of regional anesthesia.

Peripheral Nurse BlocksPeripheral Nerve Blocks: A Color Atlas by Jacques Chelly.

This is a very clear atlas with nice illustrations of classic blocks. It is more helpful in the Anesthesia setting than for Pain Management. There are very few blocks for the neck, none for the head. This would not help a Pain Management Specialist, but is a tremendous help in the O.R. setting. Highly recommended text for Pain and Regional anesthesia.

Atlas of Regional AnesthesiaAtlas of Regional Anesthesia by David Brown. If there were only one Regional Anesthesia Atlas to own this would be the one. It has been the classic in the field since its first publication and has historically been the one most authorities refer to. I find the drawn illustrations to be very informative. Highly recommended text. This atlas of regional anesthesia techniques and anatomy is for residents, fellows, and practitioners. Its high-quality, three-dimensional color and halftone illustrations are very clear and very pleasing with a user-friendly format.

Regional Anesthesia: The Requisites in AnesthesiologyRegional Anesthesia: The Requisites by James Rathmell. This is a new text in the Requisites in Anesthesiology series. I find the short descriptions clear and the pictures very helpful. This is one of the books that is easy to carry to the clinical setting and very helpful as a clinical guide to Regional Anesthesia. The color plates are redrawn using the Atlas from Brown as a guide.

Basic Science and Physiology Texts

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of DiseaseRobbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease by Vinay Kumar. Through six editions, Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease has been the leading textbook in its field. No other resource has been able to match its outstanding coverage of pathophysiology and disease. Now renamed Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, the new, 7th Edition of this classic text delivers a host of improvements that make it an even clearer choice for students and practitioners!

Medical PhysiologyMedical Physiology: A Cellular And Molecular Approach by Walter Boron. Here is a review of this text that I found from a Medical Physiology instructor. “Anyone who takes even one cursory look at this new textbook by Boron and Boulpaep will be stupefied by its comprehensiveness and its beauty. The figures are the best that I have seen in a single volume, and the explanations (the text that is) will take the new graduate or medical student on a fantastic initial tour of the body and how it works. For the more advanced student and even for those of us with PhDs in physiology, the text has information that will enhance your knowledge on a daily basis.

 Basic Physics and Measurement in Anesthesia Basic Physics and Measurement in Anesthesia by Paul D Davis. According to the publisher Basic Physics and Measurement in Anesthesia is well established as an introductory text to the physical principles and their clinical application in anesthesia. From basic through specialist training, this book gives a firm grounding, avoiding complex mathematics and irrelevant detail. Measurement and monitoring are a key element of anesthesia for both nurse anesthetist and anesthesiologists. This book is listed in the Core Collection of Medical Books and Journals for librarians, and is also an essential individual purchase for the practitioners of anesthesia.

Respiratory Physiology: The EssentialsRespiratory Physiology: The Essentials by John West.

This is a classic text on the respiratory function that is essential knowledge for the anesthesia provider. John West has laid out this book in a simple chapter format that is easy to digest and easy to read. I can not emphasis enough how useful this little paperback text has been to me in understanding basic pulmonary mechanics. West’s text is highly recommended.

Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The EssentialsPulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials by John West. This book is very concise and covers all of the necessary information for a Pulmonary Disease course. Also worthy of mention is the fact that is the top selling book in the field in its category. I find it essential for an Anesthesia provider, Medical Student, or Physician’s Assistant due to the easy to learn format and clear writing style of the author. Also, rumor has it that West is coming out with a combined Pathophysiology and Physiology for Pulmonary that should be well done as well.

Clinical Texts and Handbooks

JaffeAnesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures by Jaffe is a practical reference and a comprehensive guide to the anesthetic and perioperative management of patients during all procedures performed by general and sub specialist surgeons. The book explains each procedure from both the surgeon’s and the anesthesiologist’s perspective, presents details on anesthetic technique, and steers the anesthesiologist and surgeon through the crucial decisions that must be made before, during, and after surgery. For each surgical procedure, the book describes the surgery itself and summarizes key preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical considerations, such as patient population characteristics, duration of surgery, site of incision, patient positioning, blood loss, frequency of intraoperative complications, postoperative requirements, and an estimate of postoperative pain. For each procedure, the authors give step-by-step instructions on preoperative assessment and preparation, anesthetic induction and maintenance, procedures to follow during emergence from anesthesia, patient monitoring, and management of complications and postoperative pain.

Mass General HandbookClinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital by Massachusetts General Hospital Dept. of Anesthesia and Critical Care department is a best-selling pocket reference provides detailed descriptions of common procedures and practical guidelines for handling difficult situations. Because it gives clear, reliable protocols, this handbook has been used for nearly twenty years as the on-the-spot reference for all health care professionals involved in perioperative care. The Fifth Edition has a much greater emphasis on perioperative management of the surgical patient, including preoperative evaluation and testing, intraoperative management, and postoperative care and pain control.

Ezekiel's HandbookHandbook of Anesthesiology by Mark R. Ezekiel is a great back pocket carry anywhere handbook and its cheap too. This handbook is not as extensive or as nicely done as the Mass General handbook but its value is in its small size and pertinent information. I heard somewhere that Ezekiel is no longer doing anesthesia due to a little personal problem with the drug box but what the hey the handbook still works. Actually I find that the Ezekiel handbook fills most of the needs for an OR handbook and if you are running light its all you really need.


Sota Omoigui's Anesthesia Drugs HandbookAnesthesia Drugs Handbook by Sota Omoigui is a must have. This gem is available both as palm software and as a little handy paper back which I always carry. The paper back may be ordered by phone at 310.675.9121 or from the web site by clicking the picture above. I find this medication handbook invaluable and use it routinely. The Omoigui book is a MUST have for clinical work.

Review Books and Others of Interest

Anesthesia SecretsAnesthesia Secrets by James Duke is a handy book to carry along for reference and study.

This is a great source for “pimp” type information. You have to have something to prepare for the questions that you will be asked during clinical rotations and here is a wonderful to the point source. By no means an exhaustive text, Anesthesia Secrets hones in on the subjects that most often come up in clinical discussions. Highly recommended.

Yao & ArtusioYao & Artusio’s Anesthesiology: Problem-Oriented Patient Management by Yao and Artusio offers a logical, problem-oriented approach through the operative workup of the patient. A unique question-and-answer format prompts the correct response and offers reasons for the right answer, making this an excellent reference for both anesthetists and those in training for treating the most frequently encountered clinical situations and the usual and unusual complications. This is a valuable guide for preparing for certifying examinations and as a reference for clinical practice. This is a good place to find excellent “Pimp” type questions!

Anesthesiology ReviewAnesthesiology Review by Ronald Faust.

This is one of those books that can be appreciated by almost every clinician. Dr. Faust has done a fantastic job of applying basic science principals to practice. After being away from the classrooms of medical school for awhile, one tends to become myopic and reliant upon specialty-specific principals.This book helps dust off those cryptic vaults within the cerebrum and can really get the acetylcholine flowing.

Essence of Anesthesia PracticeEssence of Anesthesia Practice by Michael F. Roizen. Here’s remarkably convenient access to essential anesthesia considerations for a full range of common and uncommon diseases. Every page covers a single clinical topic (nearly 600 in all) presenting important information in an extremely accessible fashion. Divided into five sections – Diseases, Procedures, Drugs, Alternative Medicine, and Tests, with topics within each section organized alphabetically. This resource allows readers to approach a given problem from any of these directions to find the answers they need. The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to encompass the latest developments in the field.

Books of Historical Interest

Ether DayEther Day by Fenster is the unpredictable story of America’s first major scientific discovery — the use of anesthesia — told in an absorbing narrative that traces the dawn of modern surgery through the lives of three extraordinary men. Ironically, the “discovery” was really no discovery at all: Ether and nitrous oxide had been known for more than forty years to cause insensitivity to pain, yet, with names like “laughing gas,” they were used almost solely for entertainment. Meanwhile, patients still underwent operations during which they saw, heard, and felt every cut the surgeon made. The image of a grim and grisly operating room, like the one in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, was in fact starkly accurate in portraying the conditions of surgery before anesthesia.

Medicine Books I have found useful

The ICU BookThe ICU Book by Paul Marino is GREAT.

This easy to read text is perfect for understanding all of the physiology behind respiratory mechanics and ICU care. What I enjoy most about this book is its readability and straightforward content.

Nurses, residents and students can all come away with an increased understanding on the basics of critical care management. Great background information for the anesthesia provider as well.

Current Medical Diagnosis and TreatmentCurrent Medical Diagnosis and Treatment by Lawrence M. Tierney is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions in everyday clinical practice. Written in a concise, easy-to-read style, the text covers all aspects of outpatient and inpatient care as well as authoritative descriptions of new developments in medicine. CMDT 05 includes information on over 1,000 diseases and disorders with an emphasis on prevention and cost-effective treatments. CMDT 2005 also features updated information on drug dosages and updated therapeutic options in HIV, including an approach to multi-drug antiretroviral therapies. I LOVE this text and upgrade it yearly. For the money it is the BEST!

HarrisonsHarrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine by Eugene Braunwald ed. is synonymous with internal medicine. HPIM continues to be the most authoritative and #1 selling medical textbook throughout the world. From its unique section on signs and symptoms through to the most comprehensive coverage of most all conditions seen by physician’s, Harrison’s is the internal medicine reference of choice. Harrison’s 16th Edition features new, expanded, revised and updated material on the key topics in medical practice today. From the latest research findings to up-to-the-minute advances in diagnostic and treatment methodologies, Harrison’s puts the facts you need at your fingertips. The “Miller” of medicine text books.

The HeartHurst’s The Heart is a legendary reference of diagnosis and treatment procedures; an overview of current ACC/AHA guidelines; unmatched interpretation of clinical trials and cardiology data found in the Human Genome Project; first-rate color images of the normal and diseased heart…all supported by abundant pedagogy that includes chapter outlines, practice guidelines, algorithms, and more. If you thought this kind of resource could benefit you and your patients before, you’ll be amazed by what awaits you in the 11th edition … one look is all you’ll need to see why the new edition of Hurst’s THE HEART will prove indispensable to the way you practice cardiology.

Heart DiseaseBraunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2-Volume Set by Eugene Braunwald who is the editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. This is the cardiologist’s version that covers the subject of cardiovascular medicine from the top down. For practicing cardiologists and those in training this has been the Bible. I own a copy of this two volume set that I purchased during my Nurse Practitioner training and still refer to it occasionally for reference purposed mainly. It truly is an amazing text.


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