Stoelting’s Pharmacology & Physiology in Anesthetic Practice Sixth Edition
My journey with Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice began in the early 1980s with what seemed an impossible dream, a single-author anesthesia textbook devoted to the daily application of principles of pharmacology and physiology in the care of patients. Many yellow tablets later (my computer skills were in their infancy); an understanding family, residents, and faculty in the Department of Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine; and the unwavering support and encouragement of a special friend and publisher, the first edition of Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice appeared in the fall of 1986.
The acceptance of the textbook by students, trainees, and practitioners over the years has been incredibly rewarding to me personally and served as the stimulus to create revisions for the next three editions with Simon C. Hillier, MB, ChB, joining me as a coeditor for the fourth edition that appeared in 2006.
It is clearly time for a new edition and a new approach if Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice is going to continue to meet its original goal of providing an in-depth but concise and current presentation of those aspects of pharmacology and physiology that are relevant either directly or indirectly to the perioperative anesthetic management of patients.
In this regard, I could not be more pleased and honored that Drs. Pamela Flood, James P. Rathmell, and Richard D. Urman agreed to act as coeditors of this multi-authored sixth edition. Their unique expertise and access to recognized authorities in the wide and expanding areas of pharmacology and physiology that impact the perioperative care of patients is clearly evident in this edition.
On behalf of myself and all our past (and future) readers, I thank the new coeditors and their authors for keeping Stoelting’s Pharmacology & Physiology in Anesthetic Practice current with the times and fulfilling the dream I had more than 30 years ago.
Robert K. Stoelting, MD
Robert Stoelting is among the best writers in our specialty. His signature textbook, Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice, resonated with residents and faculty, including us, because it was exceptionally well written. It has been the “go-to” reference since its first edition in 1986. Dr. Stoelting’s clear prose succinctly covered the drugs we were using in our daily practice. His explanations of physiology were intuitive and sensible. Every chapter in the earlier editions spoke with the same voice, reflecting the many years he invested in refining his single-authored textbook. Even though Dr. Hillier joined him as coauthor of the fourth edition, the text continued to resonate as a single voice.
When first approached about revising the textbook for the fifth edition, we turned down the project. It seemed impossible to reproduce the clarity of Dr. Stoelting’s work. However, the option for the publisher was to transform Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice into a conventional multi-authored textbook. Although it felt a bit like sacrilege to reduce one of the revered texts in our specialty to a “me too” multi-authored textbook, we agreed to take on the task.
The hybrid model developed for the fifth edition was undertaken by a small number of senior authors who were tasked with updating this classic text in their areas of expertise. This undertaking was daunting, but the model worked. We have maintained this structure for the sixth edition along with most of our authors.
We are proud to bring the sixth edition of Stoelting’s Pharmacology & Physiology in Anesthetic Practice to anesthesiology residents, clinicians, and investigators. We have tried to maintain the succinct elegance of Dr. Stoelting’s writing updated with the latest state-of-the-art knowledge and methods in anesthetic pharmacology and physiology.
Is everything in this book correct? No. The authors of each chapter have imperfect understanding; knowledge changes, and mistakes happen. Wikipedia brilliantly addresses this by allowing readers who catch errors to fix them. We can’t implement the “Wikipedia approach” in a textbook, but we can come close by inviting you, the reader compulsive enough to read the Preface, to bring any errors, corrections, or suggestions to our attention. We invite our readers to become “peer reviewers,” pointing us toward new information that should be included, out-of-date references, drugs no longer used, or missing content relevant to pharmacology and physiology in anesthesia practice. In this manner, readers will become collaborators for all future editions.
Finally, we have to acknowledge the efforts of our publishers, including Keith Donnellan, Ashley Fischer, Anthony Gonzalez, Tim Rinehart, and Harold Medina. No textbook comes to fruition without careful guidance, attention to detail, and occasional cajoling. In this case, they went full force on all three of us to maintain the gem that Bob Stoelting created.
Pamela Flood, MD, MA
James P. Rathmell, MD, MS
Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA
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