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This second edition has been anticipated for some time and more than lives up to our high expectations. It is an entirely new book in plan and content and denotes the great expansion undergone in the practice of pediatric anesthetization since 1948.
The first section, devoted to evaluation of the patient, is not an exhaustive description of the preoperative examination, as the title might suggest, but a compendium of pediatric information of all sorts that might have bearing on infants and children coming to operation. Among a host of topics we find a description of the Klipple—Feil syndrome, a practical explanation of acid-base disturbances, anatomy of cardiac defects (with catheterization data), and a resume of pulmonary physiology.
The second section is a clear, concise description of anesthetic agents, techniques, and equipment. Although all methods and agents are fairly evaluated, the authors appear to favor nonrebreathing and circle absorption techniques, with
Smith RM. Pediatric Anesthesiology. JAMA. 1960;173(16):1864–1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020340082038
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