Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children is regarded by many as one of the classic textbooks of pediatric anesthesia. Dr. Robert M. Smith, a distinguished clinician and scholar and former Chief of Anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, wrote the first edition of the book in 1959. From a modest 400-page text, the 10th edition of this classic has grown into a 1,500-page multiplatform reference with 156 contributors. Lead editors Peter J. Davis and Franklyn P. Cladis have done remarkable work in preserving Dr. Smith’s vision. This edition is truly an homage to his legacy.

In this age of instant information, the role of traditional textbooks is often contested. However, reference texts can remain eminent and relevant if they continuously innovate to changing technology and learning styles. The new 10th edition of Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children is timely, up-to-date, and ingenious, coming just 4 yr after the...

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