September 1966

The Evolution of Anaesthesia

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By M. H. Armstrong Davison, MBE, TD, MD, FFARCS, Lecturer in Anaesthetics and in the History of Medicine in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Price, $8.75. First edition, 236 pages, 28 illustrations. Altrincham, Cheshire, England: John Sherratt & Son.

Arch Surg. 1966;93(3):535. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1966.01330030165037

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This is a delightful discourse on the history of anesthesia, well documented and prepared with scholarly care. The chronology of anesthesia and anesthetic agents apparently extends back to 3,000 BC, and the care with which the author has documented his statements provides an excellent bibliography for those interested in this subject. The second half of the volume is comprised of ten chapters, each dealing with a specific agent or group of anesthetic agents.

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