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July 1974

International Symposium on Malignant Hyperthermia.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):185. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190187049

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One of the most enigmatic and frightening situations faced by surgeons and anesthetists is the occurrence of fatal hyperpyrexia. It has occurred sporadically for the past 50 years, but in the last decade or so it seems to have become more common and has evoked considerable interest. An international symposium on malignant hyperthermia was held in May 1971 in Toronto. Some 60-odd reports on subjects pertinent to malignant hyperthermia were presented; these have been edited into the present book by Gordon et al. The reports come from a broad spectrum of investigators, including those with a purely clinical orientation as well as scientists with a completely basic background on the subject. The book is well organized, has a fine bibliography after each chapter, and offers some constructive thoughts on treatment that are worth the reading time of every anesthesiologist. The book itself is probably too long and too detailed for

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