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August 1969

Anaesthetics, Resuscitation and Intensive Care.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(2):253-254. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300180125033

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This manual is in its second edition. Having authored a similar work which attempted to deal only in fundamentals and avoid a detailed "do it yourself" type of publication, I am sympathetic to the effort of the authors, each of whom is an exceedingly competent man in the field of anesthesia, resuscitation, and intensive care. This book is directed toward the medical student, general practitioner, and others who wish to acquaint themselves with these important areas. One could debate the appropriateness of designating "intensive care" as a special item in the title, since intensive care is a regular and necessary accompaniment of anesthesia and resuscitation.

Knowing full well the difficulties of preparing a text of this nature, I am still impelled in the interest of the prospective reader to present what I think are some deficiencies. There is some strange organization. For example, hypoxia due to hypoventilation appears in the

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