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February 28, 1931

Die Avertinnarkose in der Chirurgie.

JAMA. 1931;96(9):715. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720350067040

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This monograph of 200 pages comprises 15 chapters with some 60 subdivisions arranged conveniently for reference; a table of contents; an alphabetical bibliography of nearly 400 references, and, in addition, numerous references relating to allied subjects in footnotes. The subjects discussed include (with their subdivisions) the chemistry of "Avertin"; preparation of the patient; dosage; methods in common use by different surgeons; basal or full narcosis; supplementary (inhalation, local) anesthesia; failures; absorption; time of onset of anesthesia; duration and termination of anesthesia; side actions; deaths, and indications and contraindications. The various subjects are not treated with equal comprehensiveness, but the authors have presented a summary of the voluminous literature with clarity, though perhaps from a somewhat too optimistic standpoint. This is illustrated by the fact that while there is a table presenting 103 deaths that have been reported as being due to "Avertin" (not always so considered by the operator), they

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