Morgan and Mikhails Clinical Anesthesiology, Sixth Edition is packed with informative clinical case vignettes
Adult learners acquire new knowledge in a variety of ways, and there has never been a greater variety of modes of learning as is available today. For example,
how many of our readers would have used podcasts, YouTube videos, or online resources as their primary ways to keep up with the advances in medicine? Nevertheless, reflecting the overwhelming conservatism of the medical profession, one of the least effective mechanisms for transmission of new knowledge, the SO-minute lecture, remains prominent in formal undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
Some will claim that books are passe. We agree that the 4-kg, multiauthor monstrosities so often recommended when we were in medical school are on the way out. On the other hand we believe that primers that studiously avoid esoterica, however interesting, will always be valuable to learners. Studies consistently show that adults are more likely to retain new knowledge when it connects directly with what they do each day. Thus, we have launched this book of clinical case vignettes to accompany our primer, Morgan and Mikhails Clinical Anesthesiology, Sixth Edition. In both these books we have tried to emphasize the common medical issues we face in anesthetic practice, rather than the esoteric ones. In this textbook, we have also tried to illustrate how clinicians use critical thinking in medical decision making. We would expect experienced clinicians to find most of the clinical decision-making relatively easy and straightforward. If that happens, then we have succeeded in our task!
Unlike those who write standardized examination questions, we recognize that there is no need for physicians to memorize, say, the citric acid cycle or the exact values of MAC for commonly used anesthetics. However, clinicians must know how the differences between aerobic and anaerobic metabolism relate to metabolic acidosis and the relative potencies of volatile agents. With that in mind, we have provided cases that, whenever possible, address the “big picture” rather than the minutiae. When we dig in and provide seemingly arcane facts or measurements, it is because we believe they illustrate important “big picture” concepts.
We hope that our readers will agree with our assessment. We greatly appreciate how our thoughtful, sharp-eyed readers have helped us address errors in the past. If you find typographical or other errors within this text, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also appreciate your suggestions regarding topics and cases that you think should be included in our next edition.