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August 3, 1964

Appraisal of Current Concepts in Anesthesiology

JAMA. 1964;189(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070050052035

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In this the second volume Dr. Adriani and members of his fulltime and resident staff appraise certain concepts in the broad field of anesthesiology. Presumably the book is meant to supplement rather than supplant the first volume, which appeared in 1961. In most instances different subjects are covered but some of the material presented in the first volume which has become obviously outdated could well have been brought up to date in this one. In a few instances, notably that portion dealing with the ephedrine-response test to Rauwolfia therapy, the latest information is lacking. The prospective purchaser should realize, however, that a six- to nine-month lag necessarily has occurred between preparation of the various reviews and the time of publication, and that the material represents current thinking as of early or mid-1963.

In 45 chapters the book covers a like number of topics ranging from airway resistance to xenon anesthesia.

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