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November 12, 1932

Recent Advances in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

JAMA. 1932;99(20):1714-1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740720068035

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The preface says: "It may be well at the outset to make it clear that this little volume does not aim at being a textbook in the art of anesthesia and most of the elementary teaching and descriptions of well known methods have purposely been omitted. Its more modest object is to provide a concise collection of some of the important advances made during the past few years." The author has accomplished his purpose well. Usually it is difficult to accept the majority of statements made in a book of this type, but in this volume there appears to be but one major and one minor discrepancy. The major one is the whole-hearted endorsement of percain (nupercaine) for local anesthesia. This is in direct contradiction of the fundamental principle which the author follows in all but this instance: "At the present time, when novel methods and new drugs are being

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