One of the products of our time is the academic conference covering an area of scientific thought of current interest. This is followed by the publication of a collection of the papers and discussions from the conference. The resulting book runs a good chance of being second-rate; there can be little control over what subjects are covered and how they are handled by the speakers. As a consequence, the value of such a book frequently lies in the fact that it is one more publication for a goodly number of names in addition to providing obvious reasons for government money to support further conferences. The value to the scholar is often open to question.
There has not previously been a comprehensive review of the effects of anesthetic agents on circulation. For this reason alone, the book serves a good purpose. It presents an excellent bibliography for the interested person