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February 5, 1968

Introduction to Anesthesia: The Principles of Safe Practice

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Gainesville, Fla

JAMA. 1968;203(6):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140060057027

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When new residents arrive or when medical students come on our anesthesia service, I recommend this book to them. It is, as far as I know, the best Introduction to Anesthesia in the world. I must augment encomium with further praise: Rather than let a professional draftsman sketch the many line drawings, the publishers added warmth and personality by employing for this a gifted painter, who happens to be one of the authors (Dr. Vandam).

The book contains two peculiar features that deserve comment even though neither is related to the medical aspects of anesthesia. Under the title "Surgeon-Anesthetist Relationships" the authors discuss disputes between surgeons and anesthetists. Perhaps significantly, they sandwich this chapter between one on explosions and another on asepsis. While they give good advice against explosions and for asepsis, they offer little more than paternal admonitions to bring surgeons and anesthetists closer together.

The other feature that