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Source: Anesthesiology

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Handbook of Anaesthesia & Peri-operative Medicine.

Creating a handbook for all of anesthesia is an undoubtedly daunting task. Cyprian Mendonca and Chandrashekar Vaidyanath should be congratulated for even attempting the feat with their Handbook of Anaesthesia & Peri-operative Medicine. On one hand, it would have to cover incredibly broad topics with enough detail to be useful to a student, resident, or […]

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Second Look at the Second Gas Effect

“…he second gas effect is real, and not just a theoretical construct…”
Source: Anesthesiology

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The McKesson Oxygen Tent: The Role of the Rubber Sheet

By the early 1930s, physician-anesthetist Elmer Isaac “Ira” McKesson, M.D. (1881 to 1935), was developing the concepts behind his McKesson Oxygen Tent (above). To “prevent oxygen from passing through the mattress and escaping from the tent,” a rubber sheet was placed underneath the patient’s sheets and mattress cover. Through a large door in the cabinet, […]

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The French Connection of Somnoforme: Rolland and Rousseau of Bordeaux

For producing analgesia or general anesthesia, the Dental School of Bordeaux’s Professor Georges Rolland pioneered the use in 1901 of “Soemnoforme.” A 12:7:1 mixture of ethyl chloride, methyl chloride, and ethyl bromide, respectively, this unusual anesthetic was manufactured for worldwide distribution by chemist A. Roussseau, also of Bordeaux. To reassure purchasers and frustrate his competitors, […]

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Targeted Genotyping Identifies Susceptibility Locus in Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor Gene for Chronic Postsurgical Pain: Erratum

In the article beginning on page 587 in the March 2018 issue, additional clarification is needed in the abstract and discussion sections.
Source: Anesthesiology

By |May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yellow Journalism Highlights Postanesthetic Complications: Pulitzer versus Hearst

In 1898 in the second issue of the magazine Vim, artist Leon Barritt (1851 to 1938) published his cartoon “The Big Type War of the Yellow Kids.” He depicted newspaper magnates Joseph J. Pulitzer (1847 to 1911, left) and William Randolph Hearst (1863 to 1951, right) fighting over stacked toy blocks spelling out “WAR.” (Both […]

By |May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Takayasu Arteritis and Complete Aortic Arch Branch Vessel Occlusions

TAKAYASU arteritis is a large vessel vasculitis of the aorta and its primary branches.1 Severe cases may involve complete occlusion of aortic arch branch vessels as noted in the computerized tomography from this 28-yr-old woman. Three-dimensional (A) and coronal (B) images from a contrast-enhanced computerized tomography demonstrate irregular severe stenosis of the right common carotid […]

By |May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This Month in Anesthesiology

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Dr. C. H. Cannon’s Armamentarium: “Local Anaesthetics…Gas or Either”

From the Wood Library-Museum’s Ben Z. Swanson Collection, dentist Charles H. Cannon (c. 1847–1909) had problems managing the printer of his trade card (above). First, his printer misspelled Cannon’s anesthetic armamentarium as “local Anaesthetics, also with Gas or Either.” Then the advertising was printed downhill on the card. Because dentist Cannon was listed in the […]

By |April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments