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The popularity of Mackenzie's book is indicated by the demand for a new edition less than two years after the printing of the first. The author has fulfilled a double object: to provide students, hospital residents and general practitioners with a guide to the administration of the most commonly used anesthetics, also to give a summary of the knowledge of anesthetics which every student should possess on graduation.
He describes the preparation and after-care of the patient and gives directions for administration of the commonly used anesthetics: ether, chloroform, ethyl chloride, intravenous pentothal and nitrous oxide with oxygen. He describes the necessary apparatus and the technic of administration of the gas anesthetic agents. He has chapters on endotracheal, on intravenous and on local and regional anesthesia, including the spinal and splanchnic technic, on anesthesia and analgesia in obstetrics, on the choice of the anesthetic agent, on complications and sequelae of
Practical Anæsthetics for Students, Hospital Residents and Practitioners. JAMA. 1947;135(5):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890050056024
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