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July 7, 1956

Complications of Regional Anesthesia: Etiology—Signs and Symptoms— Treatment

JAMA. 1956;161(10):1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100096027

This book has been prepared with the purpose of describing the etiology, signs and symptoms, and the treatment of the complications of regional block anesthesia. Part I considers complications of local infiltration and peripheral nerve block. It includes discussions of the toxic effects of drugs used in regional anesthesia as well as their treatment. The second part is concerned with spinal and epidural block complications. Part 3 includes incidental complications that may follow any block. An interesting appendix lists the complications of specific regional nerve blocks and serves as a cross index to the text. This book is unique among textbooks on the subject of regional anesthesia since the author assumes that his readers know the techniques and indications as well as the limitations of these procedures. This contribution is prepared to supply knowledge about complications only. In doing this the pertinent literature on the subject has been well reviewed.

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