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February 6, 1978

Local Anesthetics

Author Affiliations

Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC


by Rudolph H. de Jong, ed 2; 338 pp, with illus, $32.50, Springfield, Thomas, 1977.

JAMA. 1978;239(6):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280330079039

This book discusses the pharmacology and physiology of local anesthetics, and provides the necessary background for using these drugs in a rational and safe way. The author of this excellent work has drawn from his experience on three fronts—as a clinician, as a neuropharmacologist, and as an editor—to focus light on what is often a rather obscure subject. Theory and hard data are lucidly presented, the two are never confused, and the reader is shown clearly where the gray areas of doubt lie between fact and fancy.

The style is fresh and idiomatic in an effort to produce a palatable and easy text. Occasionally idiom is pressed to a point where grammar is sacrificed to slang, but these lapses are easily forgiven because they succeed in making their point—at least to a North American audience. The text and bibliography are almost twice as long as in the first edition. Most