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November 1955

Anesthesia in Ophthalmology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(5):796. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020802032

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Abstract

In this monograph one finds many valuable suggestions on the subject of anesthesia. The need for individualization in preoperative sedation is stressed and correct emphasis placed upon the importance of attention to detail. In a brief summary of "preanesthetic preparation," the author gives an excellent outline of the basic principles involved and calls attention to the necessity for accurate timing and preliminary testing of the sedatives. Akinesia of the orbicularis is discussed fully, and the author's well-known method of blocking the facial nerve is described. The prevention of retrobulbar hemorrhage by the use of a needle with a rounded cutting edge is but one of the many practical suggestions in this text.

The chapter on anesthetic emergencies is particularly worthy of careful study, for in it the results of correct and incorrect treatment are stressed. In discussing general anesthesia he correctly states, "If a well trained anesthesiologist is not available

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