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April 8, 1939

Modern Anæsthetic Practice

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1418-1419. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800140116041

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This volume is prepared especially for the general practitioner of medicine in England. The introduction by Blomfield and the first chapter, by Hewer, on theoretical aspects of anesthesia and analgesia, are the best portions of the book and are appropriate for any textbook on anesthesia. Chapter 2, by Featherstone, on the use of volatile anesthetic agents, is conservative and to the point although nothing new is presented. Chapter 3, by Macintosh and Pratt, on nitrous oxide anesthesia in surgery, does not seem to belong in a book bearing the title of Modern Anaesthetic Practice, except for the discussion of the use of nitrous oxide in minor surgery and the value of preliminary medication in connection with its use. Chapter 4, by Ashworth, on basal anesthesia, presents briefly the common practice in England with basal anesthetic agents. Chapter 5, on endotracheal anesthesia, summarizes briefly and well the endotracheal method of anesthesia.

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