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March 27, 1981

Neural Blockade in Clinical Anesthesia and Management of Pain

JAMA. 1981;245(12):1264-1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310370052033

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This book was written to provide physicians complete and up-to-date information on neural blockade and pain management. Books on this topic are either scarce, not comprehensive, or obsolete. The situation is aggravated by the fact that many of the most meaningful contributions in this area are very recent.

There are three sections: "Pharmacology and Physiology," "Techniques of Neural Blockade," and "Management of Pain." Most of the 41 contributors are scientists and clinicians of international renown. Each chapter is an exhaustive and scholarly presentation of the work in that area. The illustrations are uniformly excellent. The tables in each chapter are all-encompassing, summarizing the dosage of the drugs, the effects and complications of different techniques, and results of numerous investigations. References are recent, some as late as 1979. Overlap in the discussion of topics is minimal. The chapters on history, clinical physiology, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of local anesthetic agents, epidural neural