The indicated purpose of this volume was to centralize and summarize knowledge as it relates to anesthetic management of uncommon disorders. In the broadest sense, the editors have been successful in this regard. The scope of the text is quite wide, with chapter titles spanning most major fields of pathophysiology with the exception of urological, obstetrical and gynecological, and ear, nose, and throat disease.
The text, however, does exhibit many of the problems associated with multiple authorship. Under many headings, discussions of general physiology and common disorders are also included. One would be hard pressed to label the usual problems of a new-born or diabetes mellitus as "uncommon diseases." Moreover, the quality is grossly uneven, and some chapters lack direct reference to specific sources. There is an almost total absence of illustrations and photographs, and a minimum of tabulated material.
As one reads, he is critically aware of the difficulties