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June 6, 1980

Controversy in Anesthesiology

JAMA. 1980;243(21):2236. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300470096053

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The present era might well be called the "book age." The plethora of redundant writing is staggering. It is all the more gratifying to pick up this volume and after reading it to say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Eckenhoff's book returns to us the nearly forgotten art of learned debate.

The topics are well chosen, and the authors present their views clearly and in almost classical scientific debate format. The editor offers his own summary and comes off the fence more than a few times. The book is a "must" for every practicing anesthesiologist who seeks to remain current.

There is a broader audience to whom I would also direct this book. I believe that surgeons, internists, cardiologists, hospital administrators, and all physicians who have interface with the specialty of anesthesiology can turn to this book with benefit. It is better than so-called "reviews" in that it presents