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April 1962

Introduction to Anesthesia: The Principles of Safe Practice.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(4):537-538. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020537026

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This second edition is much improved and expanded over the first edition. Approximately 10 more chapters and many new sections have been added.

The fundamental principles of anesthesia, its techniques, and management are briefly but completely discussed. The clarity, simplicity, and many clear illustrations permit easy reading. The physiological and pharmacological background, necessary for the successful use of many anesthetic agents, is well reviewed. There is a bibliography at the end of each chapter and a complete and well arranged index. Of special interest to the ophthalmologist are following chapters:

  1. Premedication—in which there is a full discussion of the effects of sedatives, narcotics, ataractics, and the belladonna drugs. Also, included in this section are the consequences of overdosage.

  2. Local Anesthesia—which is interestingly and completely discussed, with the inclusion of the newer drugs.

  3. All phases of Respiratory and Cardiac Resuscitation—which are thoroughly reviewed. The techniques are well documented and clearly illustrated.

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