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March 21, 1959

Handbook of Balanced Anesthesia: Practical Techniques in Dentistry, Obstetrics and Surgery

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290123040

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This book shows the author's tremendous enthusiasm for a specific technique and the remarkable extent of his experience with it. The book is well illustrated, neatly printed on good-quality paper, and written in a free, easy-flowing, pleasant style. However, one wonders about the title of the book, since in all fairness to the author the anesthesiologic method described is no more balanced than the thiopental—nitrous oxide—curare or narcotic—nitrous oxide—curare methods.

The author discusses clearly and concisely, with elements of enthusiasm and prejudice, his views on the methods and application of this technique in various fields. There is a rather large section pertaining to dentistry. The ancillary portion of the book is so brief as to weaken its value. It is recommended only to those who are interested in this technique, i. e., the nitrous oxide—cyclopropane— oxygen combinations in a semi-closed system. There can be little doubt that this is a

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