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March 30, 1963

Drugs in anaesthetic practice.

JAMA. 1963;183(13):1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700130085025

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Abstract

Not a general pharmacology text, this book presents many drugs ordinarily not considered anesthetic agents, but whose use may influence the course of anesthesia. Among these are the anticoagulants, enzymes, diuretics, hormones, antihistamines, cardiac glycosides, and oxytoxics. The most notable omissions are the antibiotics and cytotoxic agents.

There are 23 chapters and an appendix in this moderate-size book. The printing is done on a good quality of paper in easily readable type. However, a certain monotony prevails because of the general absence of figures and charts. The first chapter is concerned with pharmacological principles, the last with fluids and electrolytes. Drugs are grouped according to principle action and each chapter is headed by a brief general discussion followed by individual drug-monographs. The latter are subdivided into sections on physical characteristics, indications, dosage, precautions, and toxic effects. The bibliography, not large and mainly from the British literature, is interposed throughout with

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