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Anesthesia in Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology

Deryck Duncalf, MD
JAMA. 1982;248(2):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330020078044.
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This text contains much useful information in two areas of anesthesia. It stems from the extensive experience of an anesthesiologist who for many years has specialized in anesthesia for otolaryngology and ophthalmology. Frequently in the practice of anesthesiology, there may be several options available in the selection of anesthetic agents and techniques. However, in this book, the impression is given that the author has limited his recommendations to his own particular preferences.

The middle sections on anesthesia in otolaryngology and ophthalmology contain useful descriptions of the surgical procedures involved and the special anesthetic requirements that must be met to ensure a successful outcome. Since many ophthalmic procedures can be performed under local anesthesia, the chapter on "Topical, Infiltration, and Nerve Block Anesthesia" provides a background of information that will be helpful to both anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists in the choice of local or general anesthesia.

Section 1, "General Considerations," is a


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