In 1980, Cousins and Bridenbaugh edited a 749-page book on local anesthetics, nerve blockade, and pain control. It has become the standard textbook on the subject primarily because of its superior quality. It is also the only book that encompasses all three subjects. This second edition has 1171 pages; two new chapters have been added, and three chapters have been subdivided into two or three subchapters.
This review attempts to answer several questions: Does the new edition contain current information, and does it discuss significant topics overlooked in the first edition? Do the added chapters continue the excellence of the first edition? Finally, for those who have the first edition, is it worth buying the second edition?
The authors have succeeded in their difficult task of improving an exceptional book. The new chapters are well written, comprehensive, and uniformly upto-date. Recent developments such as the carbonation and alkalinization of local