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Medical instrumentation is a field of constantly increasing ingenuity, particularly since World War II. At least one American graduate school now offers opportunities for advanced studies in this imaginative and eminently useful branch of invention. A volume that includes descriptions of all the devices and instruments currently applicable to anesthesiology has long been needed. This book satisfies that need. The authors proceed from such fundamental but salient considerations as safety precautions, basic physics, and electrical interference to the highest developments which instrumentation has thus far reached, meaning servomechanisms and central monitoring systems.
This presentation of a diverse and complex subject is unusually well done. The illustrations in many cases help to reduce what otherwise would have been a lengthy description. The reader who wishes additional information, particularly from authorities in the field who did pioneer work in the development of a given instrument or procedure, is provided with references to
Instrumentation in Anesthesiology. JAMA. 1959;170(15):1874–1875. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010150118028
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