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October 28, 1933

The Technic of Local Anesthesia.

JAMA. 1933;101(18):1418-1419. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740430064040

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This edition, following the fourth in rapid succession, is an eloquent testimony of the usefulness and popularity of Hertzler's monograph. A concise chapter on spinal anesthesia has been added by Dr. Axel E. Spelman and another on intravenous amytal anesthesia by Dr. Raymond F. Gard. This book is truly written with great simplicity, advocating methods of infiltration whenever possible. The author properly points out that while complicated nerve blocks may be effective in the hands of experts they do not serve the needs of the average surgeon. The author's vast surgical experience and thorough knowledge of pathology permeate the entire volume and are a refreshing contrast to some contributions on the same subject by pure anesthetists. One must, however, take issue with the persistent advocacy of quinine solutions to prolong the duration of anesthesia. While the author's skill may have prevented lasting indurations and sloughs, the general use of this

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