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September 18, 1948

Introduction à l'étude de l'anesthésie: Chimie—biochimie—physiologie— physiopathologie—pharmacodynamie—thérapeutique—technique

JAMA. 1948;138(3):249. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030081030

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As the title implies, the book is an introduction to the study of anesthesia in all its aspects compiled with true continental thoroughness. It is dedicated, and is a worthy memorial, to Frank McMechan that good friend of the senior author (Dautrebande) and of all anesthetists. During the past quarter century the publications of the senior author, a distinguished Belgian physiologist, have been useful to American anesthetists. The book is divided into three parts. The first (410 pages) deals with the fundamental concepts of physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology which influence, and are influenced by, depressant drugs and the anesthetic state. The second part (150 pages) is concerned with the chemical, physical and other properties of anesthetic agents which influence the absorption and elimination of them by the body. The third part (379 pages) deals with the clinical applications of parts I and II. It includes details of all the various

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