October 1955

Elements of Pediatric Anesthesia.

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By C. R. Stephen, B.Sc., M.D.C.M., D.A. Price, $3.50. Pp. 100 Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(4):477. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010479016

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"The Elements of Pediatric Anesthesia" is an excellent little book. It is well and simply written, giving the basic facts and leaving out theories and speculations.

The very first chapter deals wisely and emphatically with the importance of and the necessity for continuous adequate exchange of gases.

In every anesthesia, give the patient plenty of oxygen and get rid of the carbon dioxide, is a repeated admonition running throughout the book. Nothing is more important.

In the chapter on premedication it seems that the recommended doses of morphine as premedication are a bit low, but that is a matter of opinion.

This book is excellent all the way through and is delightful reading. In fact, it should be read through again and again by every person who is giving anesthetics to children.

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