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August 9, 1971

Principles and Practice of Spinal Anesthesia

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1971;217(6):829-830. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190060067030

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Dr. Lund has promised the reader a book "primarily based upon the experiences gained in the course of a personally controlled series exceeding 25,000 spinal anesthetics, 8,000 diagnostic spinal taps and 2,000 myelograms..." At 4.3 cents per page, it might have been better if this promise had been kept with a shorter "How I do it" monograph. The first 300 pages of the book are devoted to history, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and equipment. Perhaps this reviewer was soured in the first 11 pages of the book. The portraits of J. Leonard Corning and Rudolph Matas have been exchanged and appear over incorrect captions.

There has obviously been a very long lead time between writing and publication. Recent references that Dr. Lund probably has in his files are absent from the extensive lists of references. The references will form a valuable index for physicians in training. The very succinct presentations dealing