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November 30, 1963

Recent Advances in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

JAMA. 1963;186(9):876. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710090076030

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The ninth edition of this book is the descendant of a distinguished series of reviews. Dr. Hewer selected 12 specific areas in which he felt advances have occurred. A recognized British authority in each area was then asked to prepare a review.

This book gives a decidedly English view of advances in anesthesia. The bias is practical rather than theoretical, and, as in any multi-authored compilation, the chapters vary widely in quality. I found the chapter on muscle relaxants, by Churchill-Davidson, to be the most valuable. It is concise and authoritative, and defines a changing and complex field. Hunter's chapters on mechanical ventilation of the lungs and the management of patients during artificial ventilation are thorough and the subject matter represents a real medical advance. The technique, when ideally carried out in a number of clinical conditions, is a triumph of scientific medicine. Robertson's section on intravenous anesthesia, although generally

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