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In the preface, the author gives recognition to the fact that the art of anesthesia is acquired by becoming familiar with the laws that govern the administration of anesthesia and by developing the ability to correlate these laws. Although a knowledge of the laws is essential, this knowledge is superseded by the ability to apply them properly. He points out that this controlling element is what constitutes the essence of the art, and that the conduct of a thousand anesthesias, instead of leading to crudeness in technic, should make one a thousand times more careful. Although he recommends that the anesthetist know the science of anesthesia, he apparently wishes in this book to consider principally the art. He also points out that ether is the best anesthetic agent available for routine use. He recommends prudence in the approach to risks, temperate enthusiasm for untried agents, and steadfastness in doing what
The Art of Anæsthesia.. JAMA. 1933;100(11):844. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740110056033