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November 5, 1955

Selection of Anesthesia: The Physiological and Pharmacological Basis

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1075. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270095041

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This excellent book fills a real gap, because no other book gives brief but adequate information to the busy surgeon, who often prescribes the type of anesthesia without regard for the individual requirements of the patient. Part 1 deals with pharmacology and the clinical application of each drug in current use. The author wastes no time on rare and unusual drugs but confines his discussion to the material found in the average operating room. In this section, he writes like a pharmacologist well versed in his subject and accustomed to teaching students. In part 2 he discusses the various diseases that complicate the surgical picture and that should be considered when prescribing an anesthetic. The physiological disturbances caused by anesthesia and their influence on complicating diseases are well described. This section should be of great benefit to the surgeon. The title of the book suggests the last section, which presents

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