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July 1942

The Pharmacology of Anesthetic Drugs.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1942;70(1):180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1942.00200190190012

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This syllabus is obviously a teaching aid and should therefore be evaluated on the basis of experience with it in the training of anesthetists rather than on the impressions obtained by a pharmacologist from a casual perusal. According to the author, the outline is limited to fundamentals and is intended "to acquaint the student anesthetist... with pharmacological facts relating to drugs in current use." The amount of information available in this book relating to the pharmacology of volatile and of nonvolatile anesthetics, barbiturates, opium and opium derivatives, atropine, analeptics and nonanesthetic gases, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, is considerable. Although of necessity dogmatically given, the views are those generally accepted in pharmacologic circles. Certainly no student of anesthesia who has assimilated any considerable part of the information here presented can use these agents without thinking in terms of physiologic mechanisms.

This reviewer has but two criticisms to offer. At

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