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December 22, 1923

Practical Local Anesthesia and Its Surgical Technic.

JAMA. 1923;81(25):2139. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650250067036

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This book is divided into three parts. In Part 1 is discussed the general subject of anesthetics, and the equipment which the author uses in local anesthesia, with the general technic and the anatomy of the sensory nervous system. Part 2 deals with local anesthesia in surgery of all regions of the body except the abdomen, while Part 3 takes up local anesthesia of the abdominal wall and cavity. The statement that ether itself is not an anesthetic agent and that its anesthetizing properties are due to so-called impurities is incorrect, and as ethanesal, a supposed improved ether, is not a substance of definite composition, it should not be substituted for pure ether as a general anesthetic. As a rule, the author uses the infiltration method of producing local anesthesia in preference to so-called nerve blocking, on account of its greater simplicity and ease of application. In addition to the

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