IN SPITE of the 2,500 papers on the subject, the field of spinal anesthesia may be said to be still governed more by empiricism than it is by scientific knowledge. Most of the papers are statements of opinion, or announcements of success, rather than reports of conscientious studies.
*Presidential Address Presented during the Sixteenth Annual Congress of Anesthetists, the International Anesthesia Research Society and International College of Anesthetists in Joint Meeting with the Mid-Western Association of Anesthetists, Southern Association of Anesthetists and Chicago Society of Anesthetists, Clinical Congress of Surgeons Week, Congress Hotel, Chicago, 111., October 25–28, 1937. From Laboratory of Experimental Surgery, Department of Surgery, New York University College of Medicine.
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