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April 21, 1945

Practical Anaesthetics for Students, Hospital Residents and Practitioners

JAMA. 1945;127(16):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860160061026

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The long experience of the author eminently qualifies him for the task of producing a small "guide to the practitioner or the occasional anesthetist," and his book is a valuable contribution. Within its covers a great deal of useful information is compressed into a few pages, which make interesting reading to the specialist in anesthesia as well as to the readers to whom it is specifically addressed. In every such work the author must occasionally state his own views even if these will rouse some disagreement between experts. For instance, many anesthetists would disagree with him on the desirability of using carbon dioxide during induction and in the treatment of overdose of depressant drugs or asphyxia neonatorum; and others will feel that hypercarbia is a greater danger during anesthesia than hypocarbia. The definition of "vital capacity" on page 14 suggests that it is usually measured by inspiration. The author does

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