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April 2, 1910

A Practical Guide to the Administration of Anesthetics.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400050032

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Handbooks and guides to the proper administration of anesthetics appear to be gaining in favor, if we are to judge by the many books on the subject now in the market. Williams' work easily takes position as among the best of these by reason of its excellent arrangement and clearness and conciseness of style. The author has added descriptions of the newer methods and apparatus, and entirely revised the chapter on ethyl chlorid, which he regards in its proper light as a substitute for nitrous oxid and not as a rival of ether or chloroform—and added a chapter on spinal anesthesia. He would reserve the use of spinal anesthesia for those operations below the umbilicus in which a general anesthetic is dangerous to the patient and would never use it in patients who are septic.

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