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November 1966

Anesthesia From Colonial Times.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):513-514. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170101031

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In this concise (68 pages) and well illustrated monograph, Jim Eckenhoff has done an admirable job of correlating the development of the specialty of anesthesia with the development of the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. With understandable and defensible, although at times a somewhat overweening account of the role of the school and university, Jim has interwoven the personalities, the attitudes, the scientific evidence, and the prejudices of the years involved in the development of the Department of Anesthesia into an absorbing story.

I was impressed with the active part played by members of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in "investigations" on the actions of ether and nitrous oxide prior to the introduction of these agents into clinical use. It is always intriguing to note the perspicacity of early scientists and how close they came to being responsible for important contributions in the field of

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