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October 2, 1954

Modern Practice in Anesthesia

JAMA. 1954;156(5):571-572. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950050111033

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This new edition, written by leaders in the field of anesthesia and related areas, includes relatively few additions, deletions, or changes. The contributing authors are essentially the same in this excellently edited, neatly organized, and adequately illustrated book. The book is a cross between a manual and a textbook. It begins with a short history of anesthesia, a chapter on anatomy for the anesthetist, and a fine section on the physiology of respiration. The physiology of circulation, which should have been discussed next, is not presented as such but is woven into other sections. This book naturally continues with pharmacology, apparatus, and basic considerations such as preparation of the patient, and basal narcosis. Dr. T. C. Gray's section on relaxants is truly outstanding. The book then goes on to discussions of the technical aspects of the practice of anesthesia. It is to be recommended to libraries, students, anesthesia and surgical

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