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Twenty years have elapsed since the appearance of the first edition of this book. In the interim the practice of anesthesia has become an accepted discipline with specialists not only practicing the art and teaching it, but engaged also in investigation germane to all aspects of the field. In the same time span there has been an increase in the breadth of most other branches of medicine, which must of necessity concern the anesthesiologist in his daily work. With these developments in mind, it is apparent how much the scope of anesthesiology has expanded. There is hardly a drug in the pharmacopoeia that does not concern the anesthesiologist in one way or another, not only in the administration of anesthetics but in his multifold other activities, such as supervision of inhalational therapy, resuscitation, and treatment of pain. In addition, technical refinements in anesthesia and the increasing variety and complexity of
Vandam LD. The Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia. JAMA. 1962;181(1):65. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050270067024
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