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December 10, 1949

Control of Pain in Childbirth: Anesthesia, Analgesia, Amnesia

JAMA. 1949;141(15):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910150071029

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Drs. Lull and Hingson have made a comprehensive review of the subjects mentioned in the title of their book. They have covered well the anatomy and physiology of pain occurring in the puerperal woman. Of special interest is their detailed coverage of spinal and caudal anesthesia. The structure and chemistry of anesthetic agents and their action on the different parts of the nervous system are well discussed. The work of Dr. Reed of England using mental suggestion for the control of pain during childbirth is adequately reviewed and evaluated. No attempt is made by the authors to convert one to the use of any particular anesthetic. The advantages and disadvantages are frankly discussed, and as such the work is a valuable contribution. The subject matter is well illustrated, presented in logical sequence and easy to read.

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