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This small book illustrates how effectively attention can be drawn to a particular technique used in anesthesiology. The authors' apparent apology for the book is given in the preface: "If the reader does not share our view he will perhaps think it appropriate that this book should come from Oxford, the proverbial home of lost causes." This book is timely, for with the use of thiopental (Pentothal) sodium and curare local anesthesia is being abandoned when it would greatly increase the value of these agents. In addition to giving sound advice with regard to drugs, dosage, and concentration, the work covers briefly almost all the other pertinent information on the subject. Many illustrations are used, which allow condensation of the text. This is the best contribution that Oxford has made to the literature on anesthesia and it should be read carefully by all who are interested in anesthesia and in
Local Analgesia: Abdominal Surgery. JAMA. 1953;153(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940180075031
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