Case-Based Anesthesia PDF

Case-Based Anesthesia PDF – Clinical Learning Guides

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The discovery and application of anesthesia is the most important
contribution of American medicine to mankind. Its
impact exceeds even the elucidation of the human genome.
Without visionary discoveries by pioneers in anesthesiology,
the explosive growth in type, complexity, and safety of surgical
procedures would not have occurred. More importantly,
anesthesiology is considered to be the lead specialty in patient

The core principle that drives these advances is training
and continuing education. It is interesting to note that, in the
19th century, anesthesiology was considered a “technique”
with little scientific merit. It was not until 100 years later
that the specialty developed a rigorous scientific foundation
with postgraduate training programs. Even more astounding
is the fact that, into the late 20th century, there was a
paucity of books authored by North Americans. Textbooks
supporting resident education, preparation for board examinations,
and reference for clinical care were predominantly
British in origin.

In the 1980s the educational scene changed dramatically.
Residents and fellows were recruited from the upper tier of
medical school graduates. In addition to publication of core
and specialty textbooks and journals, application of electronic
media, such as the Internet, has revolutionized the specialty
of anesthesiology. The American Board of Anesthesiology
has stated, “The ability to independently acquire and process
information in a timely manner is central to assure individual
responsibility for all aspects of patient care.” Although use of
the Internet and other electronic media assist in rapidly answering
questions related to patient care, most residents, fellows,
and experienced clinicians still use the printed word to
comprehensively learn about a new topic, prepare for board
examination and recertification, and even organize a clinical
management plan for the patient with a complex array of coexisting

So in this setting, where does Case-Based Anesthesia: Clinical
Learning Guides edited by Drs. Shorten, Dierdorf, O’Connor,
Iohom, and Hogue fit in? In other words, do we need yet another
anesthesiology text? The answer, in this case, is a resounding
yes! Why? First starting with the title, Clinical
Learning Guides, the editors have chosen to emphasize learning
in the broader sense, not just Board exam preparation and
re-certification, but acquisition of knowledge as part of the
process of responsibility and accountability for one’s education
and lifelong learning. By viewing education through this lens,
the practioner can apply information gained from this text
into a variety of clinical and examination settings. The Editors
accomplish their goal through the innovative approach of
using two formats for case-based learning: “Step-by Step” or
“Reflection.” This is a unique approach for a textbook….

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