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May 6, 1983

Principles of Pediatric Anesthesia

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by Edward J. Bennett and Denis E. Bowyer (American Lecture Series, publication No. 1050, John Adriani, ed), 382 pp, with illus, $34.75, Springfield, III, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(17):2395. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330410073035

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Dr Bennett, a well-known pediatric anesthesiologist and teacher, has revised an early text in this subspecialty, the last regular (second) edition of which appeared in 1970. As we reflect back to the 1960s, pediatric anesthesia is seen to be emerging as a separate scientific discipline, the landmark work of Robert M. Smith and Leigh and Belton being summarized in their respective texts. During those years, there was a scarcity of written information and an urgent need for instruction in pediatric techniques. Currently, however, anesthesia literature contains abundant pediatric material, and any new text must possess exceptional merit.

Dr Bennett indicates that the book's principles are chiefly directed to the "numerous persons who must anesthetize children occasionally." However, technical details lack sufficient clarity and specificity to permit their ready translation into clinical application. The book contains only two photographs, of isolated pieces of ancillary equipment, and five diagrams. References to the