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In the preface the author outlines his purpose concerning the best approach and the best methods of modern anesthesia. He has purposely omitted the pharmacology and physiology of all drugs, including the anesthetic agents, referring the reader to "many other textbooks." The largest section with respect to fundamental ideas is devoted to the specific effects of drugs and anesthetic agents, and a plea is made for their use with the particular effects kept in mind.
This book undertakes a discourse of modern anesthesiology in all aspects. Such a heroic undertaking covering, in 195 pages, all phases of anesthesia, together with such topics as adjuvants, hypotension, hypothermia, cardiac bypass, resuscitation, pre- and post-operative care, fluid therapy, and body water and solute equilibrium, would of necessity eliminate all pharmacology and physiology, and would demand, if nothing else, brevity. The brevity may also stimulate the neophyte, the uninitiated, and the ignorant to avail
Marbury BE. Handbook of the Practice of Anesthesia. JAMA. 1964;187(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060140076041