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Anesthesia texts seem relatively few when counted against those of most other medical specialties. Probably this relates in part to the scope of anesthesiology and to the late appearance of its scriveners, in part to the scattering of material pertaining to the practice of anesthesia. Indeed, many recent anesthesia books are shelved with pharmacology, physiology, and the clinical specialties. The broad spectrum of information explains why there are today only a few worthwhile anesthesia texts of classic proportions. No one individual, or even several, can acquire the experience or find the time to prepare the magnum opus.
The only major American text still in print is Collins' Principles of Anesthesiology, a singly authored work dated 1966. Perhaps the British have fared better. Evans and Gray's twovolume work on general anesthesia passed through two editions, ultimately reaching 1,347 pages written by 53 British contributors. The lineal descendant born in 1971 is
Vandam LD. A Practice of Anaesthesia. JAMA. 1973;224(9):1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220230060030