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June 1, 1957

Muscle Relaxants in Anesthesiology

JAMA. 1957;164(5):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050108036

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The muscle relaxants were introduced into clinical practice about 15 years ago. This book summarizes the laboratory and clinical experience that has accumulated since that time. It is informative, yet not over-whelming in detail. The author appears biased in favor of succinylcholine, but perhaps this attitude is justified. The statement is made that "when employed judiciously, cognizant of their pharmacological effects, other than those exerted at the neuromuscular junction, the muscle relaxants will increase rather than decrease the safety of the patient." It is doubtful that evidence is yet available to justify this conclusion. Occasional errors in spelling are surprising, for example, "afferant" and "thiopenthal." The format is attractive, and the book can be recommended to those studying as well as those practicing anesthesiology.

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