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May 11, 1940

Recent Advances in Anæsthesia and Analgesia (Including Oxygen Therapy)

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By C. Langton Hewer, M.B., B.S., D.A., Anæsthetist and Demonstrator of Anæsthetics, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 333, with 132 illustrations. Philadelphia: Blakiston Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(19):1954. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190116035

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The author has done a rather good job of briefly mentioning most of the recent advances in anesthesia and analgesia, including oxygen therapy. Of necessity he must write concerning material that he himself is not familiar with and therefore the proof reading of such a volume is of the greatest importance, for publications concerning the use of anesthetics must be specific; if doses are erroneously stated, fatal results may occur. This is illustrated on page 152, where the author in speaking of pontocaine recommends a dose of 1 mg. per pound of body weight, plus 5 mg. Actually, this is the dose that should be recommended for procaine rather than pontocaine. In all probability the dose of pontocaine mentioned would be fatal in every case in which it was used or would leave the patient permanently paralyzed. The reference to this dose in the bibliography cannot be verified as to

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