The introduction in recent years of caudal block as a method of obstetric anesthesia and, in particular, the extensive publicity given it have aroused considerable controversy as to its proper position in obstetric practice and. its adaptability to general use.
That caudal anesthesia is of real value cannot be denied, and that it warrants continued clinical investigation to reveal completely its already established merits and potentialities is a foregone conclusion. Solution of the problem will come with widespread knowledge of the technical details of the procedure and from repeated critical reviews of clinical results in a sufficiently large number of cases to allow for accurate statistical analysis and interpretation. It is with the purpose of providing additional data that this summary of 800 cases of terminal caudal anesthesia seeks its justification.
This series of 800 cases of terminal caudal anesthesia was begun in the obstetric department of the Milwaukee County