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In this volume the author has quite completely covered the theory and practice of anesthesia. The book presents the subjects in a practical manner and is designed for medical students and anesthetists. The author states in the introductory chapter that "the advantage of combining local and general methods is becoming more and more apparent. The anesthetist today has many methods at his disposal. No little part of his success depends upon his choosing for each case not only the right anesthetic agent, but also the right mode of administering it. As the art of giving anesthetics has advanced from those crude methods when, assisted by a strong porter or efficient straps, the administrator drenched a struggling patient with ether vapor from an unwashed cone, to the practice of today, so the professional status has improved of those who devote themselves entirely to the practice of anesthetics. The administration of anesthetics
Anaesthetics in Practice and Theory. A Text-Book for Practitioners and Students.. JAMA. 1923;81(23):1978-1979. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650230062037