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November 1944

The Art of Anaesthesia.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(5):431. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020531014

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Student and teacher of what he likes to call "pneumatology" these many years, Dr. Flagg has earned the respect and confidence of his profession. The mettle of the man is measured in his dedication: "To I. H. S. My Dearest Master." His approach, therefore, is that of an extremely conscientious protagonist who has at heart only the greatest good to the greatest number. To lose a patient on the table is to him one of the greatest calamities which can befall any doctor. He realizes that the "gas giver" has an even greater responsibility than the surgeon; therefore, Flagg is all for safety. While describing in full the "newer methods," with such agents as pentothal sodium and tribromoethanol, he feels that the nitrous oxide—oxygen—ether sequence is still the method of choice in most cases. The range of knowledge which an anesthetist must have to be at his best comprises

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