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December 21, 1946

Anesthesia in General Practice

JAMA. 1946;132(16):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870510082036

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This concise, clearly written textbook is an excellent compendium of the fundamental considerations of present day practice in the rapidly growing field of anesthesiology. According to the preface, it "is to be construed not as a complete text in anesthesiology but rather as a manual useful to the medical student, the part-time anesthetist and others who may be called upon to employ depressant drugs, alleviate respiratory depression or obstruction and treat hypoxia or shock." The logical progression in the development of a rational basis for the understanding of fundamental problems makes easy, enjoyable reading. The twelve chapters, representing outline topics on which the context is developed, include preanesthetic medication, airway, agents and technics of inhalation anesthesia, spinal and regional analgesia, signs of anesthesia, choice of anesthetic agent and technic, preanesthetic and postanesthetic care of the patient, and explosion hazards. Curare is discussed with regard to its use as an adjunct

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