This is the third edition of a book whose excellence as a basic text in anesthesiology needs no elaboration. Originally projected from a series of lectures for senior medical students, it has developed into a useful book for all those interested in fundamentals; the emphasis throughout is upon basic principles rather than upon actual techniques. It is an unusually readable book with a set of illustrations and charts that are not easily overlooked or forgotten.
The third edition is similar to the previous editions in the section on depressant drugs. This chapter is perhaps one of the most useful in the book. The important drugs are discussed in regard to their use in both preoperative and postoperative medication. An invaluable part is the detailed treatment of effects from overdosage of depressant drugs.
The chapters on the airway and the various anesthetic agents continue as before to be excellent. The entire