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February 2, 1957

Anesthesia for Surgery of the Heart

JAMA. 1957;163(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400077028

This timely book describes the pioneer experience of the author and his associates in providing anesthesia for operations on and in the heart. Anesthesia of this particular type is an important subject, since there is still a great lack of information generally on the best technique or techniques to use. The author has included data on catheterization concerning not only the normal heart but also the heart affected by such lesions as tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary stenosis, and mitral stenosis. Some attention also is given to the mortality rates that accompany the various cardiac defects. The effects of posture on blood pressures are set forth, the management of anesthesia is described, and the precision necessary for good results is emphasized. It is no longer enough for the anesthesiologist to be familiar with the names of certain cardiac anomalies; he must thoroughly understand them. Appropriately, the importance of the electrocardiogram in

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