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March 15, 1947

Victory Over Pain: A History of Anesthesia

JAMA. 1947;133(11):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880110075039

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This is a book which should prove both readable and informative to physicians and laymen alike. It is the last of four histories published during the two years preceding the ether centennial. Keys' History of Surgical Anesthesia and Raper's Man Against Pain were published in 1945. Ellis's Ancient Anodynes preceded Victor Robinson's Victory over Pain in 1946. All four are distinct contributions to the subject. However, one cannot avoid the feeling that no comprehensive and accurate history of anesthesia has yet been written in a manner completely satisfying to the physician whose life work is the relief of pain. Doubtless the lack of general use of the word anesthesia previous to 1846 and the frequent publication under other titles of matters dealing with anesthesia since then have caused many of the inaccuracies, omissions and conflicts in opinion found in historical writing.

The termination of the contributions of Victor Robinson to

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