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September 29, 1956

Anesthesia for Obstetrics: Labor, Delivery, Infant Care

JAMA. 1956;162(5):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970220090023

The eminence of the authors puts the stamp of authority on this comprehensive work, which is both broad in scope and detailed in its specific recommendations. Including both historical and the latest developments in the fields of obstetrics and anesthesiology, this book stresses the interrelationships of the two fields and their dependence on each other in achieving the goal of a safe and pleasant delivery for pregnant patients. Psychological aspects of pregnancy, delivery, and pain relief are discussed. Anatomy and physiology related to both obstetrics and anesthesia are clearly described. The effects of analgesic, amnesic, soporific, and anesthetic drugs and the techniques of their administration are dealt with in detail, as are the hazards and the complications that may arise from the use of each drug or technique. Indications, contraindications, and precautions are itemized, and the specific fields of usefulness of each drug and procedure are stressed. A chapter is

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