April 1973

Introduction to Anesthesia: The Principles of Safe Practice

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY


ed 4. By Robert D Dripps, MD; James E Eckenhoff, MD; Leroy D Vandam; MD. Price, $11. Pp 456, WB Saunders Co, W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040120030

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The fourth edition of this popular book for beginning anesthesiologists shows evidence of vigorous pruning and a thorough updating of all chapters. The book is a survey of the principles of safe practice from the preanesthetic to the postanesthetic period. The author's approach to the teaching of anesthesiology emphasizes that while skill and good judgement in administering anesthesia are necessary, the quality of preanesthetic and postanesthetic care may be of great importance in determining a satisfactory outcome. It should come as no surprise then that less than one quarter of the book is devoted to the techniques and rationale of anesthetic management. The first quarter deals with the evaluation and optimal preparation of the patient for anesthesia. Also included are the details of preparedness required of the physician who must provide proper patient care during anesthesia and surgery. Monitoring techniques are presented in a singularly readable and useful way. Other

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