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August 1, 1959

A Manual of Anæthetic Techniques

JAMA. 1959;170(14):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010140131032

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A number of changes in this primer have resulted in a more modern textbook, although the first edition was written only four years ago. The chapters and content remain essentially the same, except for the inclusion of new agents.

This book is intended primarily for British schools of anesthesia, and for "house" surgeons and "registrars" commencing the practice of anesthesia. Yet it is written so concisely that it lends itself to easy reading by students of medicine, interns, residents, and nurses. The organization of the book is excellent, touching on all the basic problems of anesthesia.n There are good photographs and line drawings which are correctly used. The printing and general layout are excellent. The content is somewhat superficial and, while this is, of course, good for the novice, it is of disadvantage to those further along in their training. The book could be improved by amplifying the bibliographies. It

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