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April 29, 1939

Spinal Anesthesia

JAMA. 1939;112(17):1754-1755. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170100030

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Abstract

"The writer, being large, middle aged and bald, can hardly qualify as an 'auburn-haired vamp,' but he feels that the spinal anesthetic patient should preferably be watched by a well trained medical man who is qualified personally to administer any treatment or restorative measures that may be called for." One has the impression on reading Dr. Maxson's book that he is indeed reading the words of a well trained medical man who is qualified and who, moreover, has his feet on the ground in a controversy that has waxed warm during the past ten years. The book is definitely on the side of spinal anesthesia. The protagonist is an anesthetist but the book is not controversial. Dr. Maxson goes out of his way to meet all comers but not for the purpose of blasting them into an admission of their errors. He introduces the reader to them in their own

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