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October 19, 1964

Thoracic Anaesthesia

JAMA. 1964;190(3):256. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070160080037

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The editor-author of this 700-page book is to be congratulated for melding the efforts of an illustrious group of contributors into pleasing continuity. The reader is presumed to be already well versed in the knowledge and techniques of anesthesia for surgical intervention in other areas of the body. Consequently, there is no discussion of ordinary complications of anesthesia, nor is there space devoted to the pharmacology of various anesthetic agents or the ordinary equipment for administering gases and vapors. Instead, emphasis rests upon the medical and surgical problems with which a thoracic anesthetist must be conversant.

The text begins by discussing the central problem of thoracic anesthesia, namely, the presence of pneumothorax and the necessary considerations in the management of this throughout the surgical procedure and subsequently. Chapters on the preoperative assessment of respiratory function and circulatory function are followed by equally well-written ones on the physiology of respiration and

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