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January 29, 1910

The Practice of Anesthetics.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(5):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550310074025

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This book is one of a series in which medical and surgical conditions are dealt with conjointly. This volume takes up anesthesia and general surgical technic. Part 1 contains a brief review of the history of anesthesia, a consideration of the chemical properties of the various anesthetics, the physiology of anesthesia, preparation of the patient, the selection of the anesthetic for special cases, concluding with the methods of administration of the various drugs and mixtures used, and the after-care of the patient. In Part 2 the author discusses the personal preparation of the surgeon and assistants, the operating room and its equipment, ligatures, suture material, etc., preparation and after-care of the patient, operations in private homes, responsibilities of the surgeon, and common surgical operations which may have to be undertaken by the general practitioner. While not pretentious, the book is full of practical interest and is to be commended.

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