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December 10, 1955


JAMA. 1955;159(15):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960320073031

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The authors of this book appear to be well informed about recent developments in pharmacology and anesthesiology and on this basis offer a thorough discussion of the entire subject of resuscitation. Preliminary chapters on definitions and history are followed by a review of the problems of resuscitation as seen from the viewpoint of gas exchange, cardiovascular regulation, temperature regulation, renal function (especially water and salt balance), the muscular and skeletal system, the psyche, and the autonomic nervous system. In connection with this last, there is a penetrating summary of current thinking about the use of drugs to influence or abolish the regulatory activity of the "vegetivum." This is followed by a substantial chapter on the treatment of apnea, of circulatory failure, of renal failure, and of severe pain. A short section on the transportation of the sick and injured includes several important collections of figures. A concluding section takes up

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