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March 1948

Techniques and Procedures of Anesthesia.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(3):424. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220210178023

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This text is written in tabular fashion, which makes it an excellent ready reference for the busy practitioner who occasionally has to administer an anesthetic. This style of presentation makes the contents rather too rigid and with too much emphasis on trivia for use by students. Specialists in anesthesiology will object to many dogmatic statements, which would undoubtedly have been qualified were the book written in ordinary running prose form.

An introductory chapter on the nature of anesthesia and its manifestations could well have been included. This could have been in the usual literary style to good advantage. As the book now stands, the emphasis is on technics rather than on the more important physiologic considerations.

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