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This monograph covers the development of intravenous anesthesia from 1872 until the present time. It includes chapters on chloral hydrate, hedonal, ether, isopral, paraldehyde, magnesium sulfate, morphine, alcohol, tribromoethanol, somnifene, local anethesics, allylisopropyl barbituric acid (alurate), phenobarbital sodium, dial, pernoston, sodium amytal, pentobarbital sodium, evipal soluble, pentothal sodium, miscellaneous derivatives of barbituric acid and analeptics. Each of these subjects is introduced by a concise consideration of the historical data. This is followed by a consideration of the chemistry, pharmacologic action and clinical use. So completely is each subject treated that the book will be very useful for clinicians and teachers. A practically complete bibliography of references (3,489) makes this book valuable for research workers.
Much effort was expended by the author and those who assisted him in clarifying the confusion which has existed regarding the names of the many derivatives of barbituric acid. To the anesthetist the value of this
Intravenous Anesthesia. JAMA. 1944;126(4):265. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850390063028