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September 29, 1962

Practical Electroencephalography for the Anesthesiologist

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By V. L. Brechner, R. D. Walter, and J. B. Dillon. Pp. 107. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Ill., 1962.

JAMA. 1962;181(13):1150. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050390052017

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The authors of this monograph, writing from long interest and great experience with electroencephalography in anesthesia, have compiled a very useful volume. There are 2 stated purposes which are well fulfilled. The first is the provision of a firm background in the clinical application of the EEG. In the early pages, the genesis of the EEG is discussed, as well as the effects of physiological variables. A brief but adequate discussion of instrumentation and interpretation of records follows. In achieving their second goal, that of providing a source of information for the practicing anesthesiologist, the authors have been eminently successful. The bulk of the monograph consists of an excellently organized, well-illustrated, and concisely written review of EEG patterns associated with anesthesia and surgery. The EEG effects of each anesthetic are described and tabulated in a hypothetical sequence of cerebral depression. This approach permits a logical classification of the EEG patterns

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