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August 22, 1980

Illustrated Handbook in Local Anaesthesia

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University of Maryland Baltimore

JAMA. 1980;244(8):843. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310080067040

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Illustrated Handbook in Local Anaesthesia is the second edition of an apparently popular Swedish book that has been translated into English. It is intended for students and physicians in Sweden and abroad and is meant to complement more complete textbooks on local anesthesia. Twelve authors have contributed 43 chapters arranged in a more or less "head-to-toe" sequence. The color illustrations and photographs are aesthetically pleasing; however, in many cases, they are labeled too sparsely or not at all, requiring reference to other texts, rereading of the text several times, or an undue amount of time for right-left, cephalad-caudad orientation. This was an annoying drawback, especially since the main thrust of the book is the "good drawings and illustrative pictures."

The chapter on pharmacology of local anesthetic agents is elementary. No mention is made of the effect of local anesthetic drugs on sodium channels nor of the effect of pH on