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Article
November 14, 1959

CHOICE OF ANESTHETIC TECHNIQUE IN COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY AND LABOR

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Hartford Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;171(11):1465-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010290023007
Abstract

There are no pat formulas for anesthesia in obstetrics. The anesthesiologist must understand not only the possible complications of pregnancy and labor but also the manner in which the individual obstetrician intends to deal with such complications as may arise. Classification and review of the complications inherent in the products of conception, maternal complications, and complications of delivery show how important it is to be discriminating in choosing between general and regional anesthesia, in deciding on the level of general anesthesia, and in using relaxants. Experience has led to the recognition of certain basic situations for which rational methods of anesthetic management have been developed, and the tendency to settle down to routines of single anesthetic methods to the exclusion of all others should be resisted.

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