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October 6, 1923

Regional Anesthesia: Its Technic and Clinical Application.

JAMA. 1923;81(14):1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650140071040

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The object of this work, as the author says, is "to afford the opportunity of acquiring rapidly a practical knowledge of regional anesthesia and to teach the reader how to use the method successfully." So far as the text is concerned, the author has creditably fulfilled this purpose, for the descriptions of the various technical procedures are clearly and concisely expressd, and, when possible, well selected illustrations help the reader to visualize the methods used. However, so far as acquiring a knowledge of the subject rapidly is concerned, the author repeatedly reiterates the statement that patience and experience and practice are necessary if one would become proficient. A separate chapter is devoted to intraspinal block, or spinal anesthesia. Owing to the danger connected with this procedure and to the fact that so much can be accomplished by field block and paravertebral block, the author believes that "intraspinal block should be

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