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Drugs in Anaesthetic & Intensive Care Practice.
  1. A G H COLE, Consultant Anaesthetist
  1. Glenfield General Hospital NHS Trust, Leicester, UK

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    Drugs in Anaesthetic & Intensive Care Practice. 8th Ed. By M D Vickers, M Morgan, P S J Spencer, M S Read. (Pp 526; £55.) Butterworth Heinemann, 1999. ISBN 0-7506-3727-7.***

    It has taken a long time for the 8th edition of this well known anaesthetic textbook to be published. It has been used by anaesthetists taking their fellowship exams for many years and it is therefore welcome to have an up to date version. This edition contains recommended international non-proprietary names and all the new drugs used by anaesthetists, which have come into use over the last few years. The book also has changed to specifically include intensive care both in the title and in the content. The chapters on cardiovascular drugs and antibiotics have therefore undergone considerable revision to reflect this change.

    There is a difficulty with producing a pharmacology book for a particular specialty, as there are a number of problems with the classification of the drugs—whether they should be grouped together as drug families or by their application in anaesthesia. This is an insoluble problem, which leads to a number of inconsistencies and this makes it impractical to use on its own. However, the monographs themselves are as succinct and useful as ever and the section on general pharmacology is well written, easily understood, and contains all the essentials for anaesthetic practice. Many anaesthetists and trainees will find this book very useful.

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