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July 7, 1923

Anaesthetics and Their Administration.

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A Text-Book by the Late Sir Frederic W. Hewitt, M.V.O., M.A., M.D. Fifth edition, edited by Henry Robinson, M.A., M.D., B.Ch., Senior Anaesthetist to the Cancer Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, $9. Pp. 575, with 83 illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1922.

JAMA. 1923;81(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650010067031

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This edition is a vast improvement over the fourth. Dr. Robinson, who has made radical revisions, was the editor for the previous edition under the direct auspices of Hewitt. The book virtually constitutes a thesis on anesthesia; it is up to date and abounds with references. Even the use of ethylene years ago is mentioned in the book, which is interesting in view of the recent work of Luckhardt and Carter in rediscovering the anesthetic properties. Dr. Robinson is not impressed by the propaganda that the value of ether is enhanced when made pure, and then charged with certain ketones, a small amount of ethylene and carbon dioxid. Concerning the proprietary form of this mixture, "ethanesal," the author says: "I have been unable to discover any advantage possessed by this anesthetic over ether; and in particular I believe that so far from being less liable (as is claimed) to cause

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