The need for a treatise on pediatric anesthesia has long been recognized by those interested in surgical and medical pediatrics. This first book on pediatric anesthesia is in no sense theoretic or highly technical, but it is a well organized practical essay based on the wide experiences of the authors.
Leigh and Belton stress the psychologic, anatomic and physiologic differences between infants and adults. The introduction, dealing with the psychologic approach to children, is far more important than the few pages would indicate. However, this attention to the mental comfort of the patient is reemphasized throughout the book.
The first chapter deals with the preoperative preparation which is much too frequently neglected in infants and children. The need of preoperative sedation is stressed. Several dosage tables are given for sedative and pain-relieving drugs. The suggested doses are wisely ultraconservative, as the administration of any sedative to infants may seem a