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November 1935

Theory and Practice of Anaesthesia.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(5):1342. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970110250027

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This volume is divided into sixteen chapters and covers the subject of anesthetics and anesthesia completely, though not exhaustively. The text is clearly written from an evident background of wide experience. The book is well organized, each subject being discussed in individual chapters. A bibliography appended to each chapter simplifies references to the subject.

Because of its brevity, this volume will commend itself more as a reference work for anesthetists than as a textbook for undergraduates. The author wisely states: "It is a mistake to force any anaesthetic beyond the point which marks the safety line with that particular agent."

In spite of the fact that the dangers of chloroform are recognized and discussed, Nosworthy suggests its employment alone or combined with nitrous oxide. American anesthetists almost without exception believe that ether is as efficient and infinitely safer than chloroform. The author's faith in carbon dioxide as a cure-all for

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