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May 19, 1956

Mysterious Waters to Guard (Essays and Addresses on Anaesthesia)

JAMA. 1956;161(3):294. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030112041

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This impressive volume contains a collection of 33 essays and addresses on various aspects of anesthesia, prepared by one of the most eminent anesthesiologists of our time. In the preface the author explains the title, which refers to the mysterious waters within and around the living cell that the physician must guard from harm. The theme of alleviation of suffering runs throughout the book. Perusal of the 70-page index at the end of the book reveals the wide diversity of subjects touched on by the author. The great breadth of knowledge of this illustrious educator is shown not only in his discussions pertaining to both the laboratory and clinical aspects of many phases of anesthesiology but also in his historical, literary, and philosophical writings. The method of presentation of each subject is intriguing and makes excellent reading. Dr. Bourne's writings are liberally interspersed with literary quotations, particularly poetry. The illustrations

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