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Review of recent book: Glenn P. Gravlee MD, Richard F. Davis MD, Alfred H. Stammers CCP and Ross M. Ungerleider MD, Editors, Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Principles and Practice, Third Edition

Gourlay, T. (2008) Review of recent book: Glenn P. Gravlee MD, Richard F. Davis MD, Alfred H. Stammers CCP and Ross M. Ungerleider MD, Editors, Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Principles and Practice, Third Edition. [Review]

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This is the third in a series of books that have become the standard text in the field of cardiopulmonary bypass. This third edition carries, as in previous editions, a very thorough historical review of the evolution of clinical cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly in terms of the associated technologies and techniques. The quality of these reviews is enhanced, as are all chapters of the book, by the use of excellent, and at all times, appropriate illustrations. These comprehensive historical reviews have become a major and very valuable source of reference material for those coming fresh to the cardiac professions, and indeed for those actively involved in this field for however long. Details of the trials, tribulations, and challenges associated with the birth of this field over half a century ago are a salutary lesson to all involved in this area of clinical practice and research. This book covers all of the major cardiopulmonary bypass applications, techniques, and technologies dealing with each major factor separately using a logical sequential approach that results in a real and comprehensive learning experience. This edition builds on the excellent previous editions in terms of incorporating the latest literature in the field, and it highlights, without prejudice, the latest trends and opinions. The editors are to be congratulated for openly addressing some of the recent controversial issues relating to cardiopulmonary bypass (eg, off-pump vs on-pump surgery) and for expanding the text into the field of neonatal and infant cardiopulmonary bypass techniques. The editors have taken recent developments in circulatory support for minimally invasive cardiac surgery on board and have dedicated a new chapter to this evolving practice. This is a truly multidisciplinary text, covering pathophysiology, physiology, equipment, cardiopulmonary bypass techniques, and the various clinical applications of what some argue is still a developing field. In this regard, the book will add to the knowledge base of all clinicians and researchers involved in the field of cardiopulmonary bypass, including surgeons, anesthetists, perfusionists, nursing, and technical professionals. This edition of the book confirms the reputation of the previous editions of being the most significant reference source on this subject. I commend the editors for their efforts and for their achievement in producing this significant work.