October 17, 1966

Emergency Anaesthesia

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edited by Harry L. Thornton and Peter F. Knight, 451 pp, with illus, $18.75, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co.. 1965.

JAMA. 1966;198(3):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110160159063

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More than just a syllabus of emergency anesthesia, this book reviews much of the field of anesthesia, emphasizing emergency problems. Joining the authors are ten other British contributors, each writing in his special field of interest.

Out of a total of 20 chapters, the first few consider fundamentals, such as preoperative evaluation, anesthesia apparatus, and techniques of conduction anesthesia. The authors then discuss anesthesia for special emergency operative conditions. Most notable are the sections dealing with anesthesia for abdominal, obstetrical, and major vascular emergencies. There are two excellent chapters on the problems encountered in patients in the extreme age groups. Finally, the book deals with a variety of subjects such as postanesthetic complications and cardiac arrest.

Like many British books, this one is well written and a pleasure to read. Although dogmatic, most of the dogma is sound, and, if followed, would result in a minimum of difficulty.

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