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February 28, 1959

Modern Trends in Anesthesia

JAMA. 1959;169(9):1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000260111038

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This publication is unlike most textbooks on anesthesiology. It should be classified not as a textbook but rather as a series of monographs, contributed by 22 authors one of whom is the senior editor of the book. This is definitely not a book from which to teach the fundamentals of anesthesia or techniques for its application; it is rather a collection of scholarly essays on the most important phases or trends in anesthesia as presently practiced. The authors did not select anesthetists exclusively as contributors. They have, for example, enlisted the aid of a psychiatrist to present an essay on hypnosis, a surgeon on cardiorespiratory pumps, and a pharmacologist and a physiologist for other appropriate chapters. Except in the chapter on pumps there are few illustrations. These essays cover such subjects as drugs, pulmonary and circulatory physiology, hypothermia, anoxia, fatalities, and research. Since the authors are mostly from England there

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