Pediatric anesthesia has become an increasingly important aspect of anesthesiology generally and of pediatric surgery specifically. Recent advances in pediatric surgery make it mandatory that anesthesiologists, pediatricians and surgeons carefully assess the anesthetic agents and technics which will be most effective in infants and children. The authors of this monograph are admirably qualified to undertake this task, and only such eminently qualified persons could have carried out their assignment in so concise and lucid a manner. The text, with illustrations and tables, has only 240 pages; yet the field is well covered.
The subject material includes preoperative preparation, physiology of respiration and circulation in children and its bearing on anesthesiology, inhalation anesthesia intubation, intravenously administered anesthesia, rectal anesthesia and local anesthesias. Choice of the anesthetic agent and technic of administration, complications during anesthesia, postoperative care, prophylaxis and oxygen and fluid therapy are also discussed. On the whole, these chapters contain