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July 22, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(12):1124-1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470084034

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This comprehensive textbook covers practically all aspects of anesthesia. The first of its twenty-one chapters gives definitions of terminology, including narcosis, analgesia and anesthesia, followed by an interesting history of opium, hashish (cannabis), chloroform, ether vapor, ethyl chloride, chloral hydrate and other agents. A short chapter on the theories of anesthesia follows, after which the author considers the pathologic physiology of anesthesia and the chemistry of anesthetics. A chapter on premedication or basic anesthesia precedes that on the symptoms of anesthesia. Information on securing of free air passage introduces discussion of universal anesthesia with ether, divinyl ether and the halogen anesthetics including chloroform, ethyl chloride and trichloroethylene. Gaseous anesthetics, with consideration of nitrous oxide and cyclopropane, are detailed as to methods and essential apparatus. A chapter on intravenous anesthesia with barbiturates includes the treatment of over-dosage and gives contraindications. Likewise, varied phases of curare therapy are reviewed. This valuable book

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