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February 28, 1977

Principles of Anesthesiology

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Medical School Minneapolis

JAMA. 1977;237(9):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270360065026

The 1976 edition, like the previous one, is arranged in four sections covering fundamental practices, regional anesthesia, and physiological and pharmacological considerations. Of the 90 chapters, 12 are completely new, and four are amplified. The original 75 chapters remain with varying degrees of revision. The new topics are antiemetic drugs, vomiting and aspiration, drug interaction, fluids and electrolytes, acid-base balance, the kidney and anesthesia, drug effects in liver disease, oxygenation and resuscitation, dynamics and pharmacology of carbon dioxide, temperature regulation and heat problems, complications of spinal anesthesia, postoperative complications peculiar to spinal anesthesia, and acupuncture.

A notable feature of the book continues to be its wealth of clear and informative illustrations borrowed from prominent, contemporary sources.

The section on regional anesthesia is generous in scope and reasonably current. The chapter on hazards in anesthesia practice includes much useful information on environmental pollution in the operating room and presents modern material