Textbook of Neuroanesthesia & Neurocritical Care
Authors: Dr,Zahid Hussain Khan-Dr, Shahram Samadi
Year of Publications: 2014
Number Of Pages: 436
Price: 650000 Rials
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Having worked in neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care for more than 2 decades, it was some years back that I developed an urge to write a textbook about neuroanesthesia as there is no book available in our native language Farsi. The impetus in writing such a book came from my residents many of whom are presently working as qualified anesthesiologists. However undertaking such a task was a difficult decision owing to my innumerable responsibilities as a full time faculty member. Meanwhile our department of anesthesiology, Tehran Univ. of Med. Sciences submitted an application with the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Education where in the dept. expressed its willingness to start a fellowship program in neuroanesthesia. While preparing the curriculum for neuroanesthesia fellowship program, the urge to write a book about neuroanesthesia became my top priority as no such book existed in our country. However doing it all done was beyond my comprehension and stamina. Over the years I had been looking for a companion of my own choice to help me in this challenging task. Luckily I could find that person who not only possessed an extreme patience but at the same time had the knowledge and expertise in understanding this responsibility. This gentleman is Dr. Shahram Samadi without whose immense help and struggle, this book could never have been published and would have remained a dream never to have been fulfilled.
The book is written with a consideration to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuromonitoring, neurocritical care, and perioperative care of neurosurgical patients including adult, pediatric and neonatal populations.
I would be failing in my duties if I don’t mention the names of some of our stalwarts in medicine such as Avicenna, Al-Zahrawi, Ibn Zuhr and Al-Rhazes to whom I have referred in some detail in the first chapter of this book which pertains to the history of anesthesia. Gerard of Cremona -the greatest and most prolific translator of his times- translated “The Canon” of Avicena, “Al Mansori” of Al-Razi, “Al-Tasrif” of Al-Zahrawi and “Al-Taisir” of Ibn Zuhr which remained the beacon of medicine in the European universities for centuries. Ibn-Sina and Al-Zahrawi have made invaluable contributions to our present day anesthesia. The prominent thinker of Europe, Albertus Magnus was always indebted to Avicenna and Galen, and this is evident in his writings. They were not only the founders and pioneers of medicine and surgery but they had a strong belief that ethics in medicine is highly important. Al-Zahrawi’s recommendation for the surgeons was: “God is watching you and knows if you are operating because surgery is really necessary or merely for love of money”. We should follow their foot steps when practicing medicine.
Iran has the highest number of road accidents in the world and as such we have a large number of head injury and spinal cord injury patients landing in our emergency department with compromised cardiovascular status requiring urgent resuscitative and management strategies. Most of these patients have compromised airways. This important issue has been adequately addressed in chapters pertaining to the management of these cases.
I’m particularly grateful to Professor Finegan who could spare the time and write a foreword for this book despite his innumerable engagements. During one of my meetings with Professor Finegan, I had apprised him of the magnitude of road accidents in Iran besides discussing with him the entire contents of the book. I shall remember Professor Finegan as a good friend and a real well wisher. As far as seeking permission to produce figures and tables in accordance with the international copyright rules and regulations, permission was obtained from the publishers, and regarding those pertaining to the publishers, “Lippincott Williams and Wilkins”, Professor Steven L Shafer, the Editor- in - Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia, who is known to me as real good friend and with whom I worked as the “Guest Editor” of Anesthesia & Analgesia, happily granted me a special permission to produce anything as per copyright regulations and as per the existing agreement between Anesthesia & Analgesia and the publishers. During my tenure of serving as the “Guest Editor” of Anesthesia & Analgesia during the years 2009 and 2010, there was no one from Asia, Australia, Europe and Canada. All the “Guest Editors” were from the United States of America except one from UK (Europe) and myself from Iran (Asia). It was a great privilige to work with Professor Shafer reviewing and editing a large influx of manuscripts every mounth. During one of our discussions, he asked me if I could prepare a text so that “Farsi” language could also be placed on the website of Anesthesia & Analgesia. I prepared it and fortunately “Farsi” now appears on the website of Anesthesia & Analgesia besides a few other non-English languages.
This book is intended for the residents of anesthesia, fellows of neuroanesthesia, our colleagues in the emergency department and those engaged in providing neurocritical care. If I had been successful in achieving my coveted goal of imparting my experiences, however little it is to the practicing anesthesiologists and those practicing in the emergency departments, perhaps I have conducted an important responsibility during my career. Your feedback in this regard shall be highly welcome.
God be with you in dealing wisely with these patients.
Zahid Hussain Khan,MD,FCPS.