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May 6, 1968

Practical Anaesthesia for Lung Surgery

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

JAMA. 1968;204(6):553. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140190135026

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Unfortunately, Practical Anaesthesia for Lung Surgery is not practical. The authors have tried to "give a comprehensive account of the anaesthetist's problems" for lung surgery. They have failed. Pages are wasted on a pedestrian introductory chapter on bronchopulmonary anatomy. The pharmacology chapter should be eliminated. The physiology chapter (by Francis Prime) is good, but the key reference noted in the text on page 22 is missing from the bibliography! There is no section on preoperative pulmonary function testing. Many of the author's clinical suggestions would be considered in error by experienced North American thoracic anesthesiologists. The book does contain a good historical review of the use of endobronchial tubes and bronchial blockers as well as a concise review of preoperative chest physiatrics. It is a shame the authors did not prepare an inexpensive clinical monograph rather than attempt a book.