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Drs. Bamforth and Siebecker have performed a most useful service in revising and editing the late Dr. Gillespie's classic book. The 15 years which have followed the preceding edition have brought many advances in endotracheal anesthetic techniques. These are covered completely while little of Dr. Gillespie's pleasant writing style is lost.
The editors constantly advise caution. On one occasion when they warn against "pumping" a potent anesthetic agent into a patient, they remind the reader "the bold anesthetist must remember it is the patient who takes all the risk." And again they make a plea for restraint in the use of stylets and emphasize that a stylet is required in few, if any, intubations.
The book admittedly endorses methods found most useful in the editors' practices. Not unexpectedly some readers will find points of difference. For example, cocaine is their topical anesthetic of commonest choice. This may not sit well
Gordon JR. Endotracheal Anesthesia. JAMA. 1964;187(7):545–546. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060200077034