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August 31, 1970

Pre- and Postoperative Management of the Cardiopulmonary Patient

Author Affiliations

George Washington University Washington, DC

JAMA. 1970;213(9):1499. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170350065029

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This book compiles the presentations at the 19th Hahnemann Symposium held in Philadelphia in April 1968. The objective, as stated in the preface, is "to provide the clinician with a source of authoritative and specific advice on the proper management of those situations he may face when cardiac or pulmonary disease complicates his therapy." Although the mission could not be termed a complete success, much of the material is praiseworthy. With 46 chapters and 69 contributors, the book suffers from a common malady of many such multiauthored efforts—it is somewhat inconsistent in depth of coverage of various subjects and somewhat erratic in sequence of chapters. In general, the book is divided into pulmonary and cardiac problems, but the several chapters devoted to causes and treatment of sepsis, antibiotics, and endocarditis are scattered throughout the book rather than grouped together. This is also true in coverage of arrhythmias and bleeding.