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November 10, 1951

Anesthesia in General Practice

JAMA. 1951;147(11):1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670280091042

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The author again very ably presents the fundamentals associated with the safe utilization of anesthetic and other depressant drugs, the efficient application of oxygen therapy and the recognition and treatment of shock. Since the first edition appeared (1946) 32 pages have been added. The first chapter, which formerly dealt only with the preanesthetic medication, has been wisely revised to include useful information regarding not only the fundamental properties of depressant drugs and their use before anesthesia, but also their most effective and safe employment during and after anesthesia and surgery. Inclusion of the adverse reactions associated with various agents and methods of anesthesia and their proper management is one of the most valuable aspects of this publication. The section dealing with curare has been expanded to include other muscle relaxants, and brief discussions regarding the intravenous use of alcohol and procaine have been added. Additional pertinent information regarding more satisfactory

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