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Butterfly Vertebrae

Butterfly vertebrae result from ventral ossification failure of a vertebral body during the third to sixth week of gestation due to persistent remnants of the notochord (Image A).1 The vertebrae and intervertebral disks above and below typically compensate for the defect by elongating about the midline (Image B). The defect is often an incidental finding […]

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

Gone Fishing…

“…the first to employ model to discover new anesthetics, and the results are promising.”
Source: Anesthesiology

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J. K. P. Pine Collars New York’s Upstate Market on Nitrous Oxide Cylinders

From the Wood Library-Museum’s Ben Z. Swanson Collection, this notice (above) was extracted from a broadside published by James Knox Polk Pine (1841 to 1919; banker, philanthropist, and collar manufacturer) of Troy, New York. An astonishing commercial success at both patenting and producing shirt collars, J. K. P. Pine started a side business of selling […]

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

Dr. Hezekiah Stratton, Brooklyn’s Robin Hood Dentist–Anesthetist

A Baystater by birth, Dr. Hezekiah N. Stratton (1822 to 1869) flourished as a pioneer dentist in New York. He opened his Brooklyn dental office on Atlantic Avenue in 1846, the same year that dentist W. T. G. Morton publicly demonstrated surgical etherization. From the Wood Library-Museum’s Ben Z. Swanson Collection, a cleaned-up version of […]

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Dantrolene and Malignant Hyperthermia Carts Do We Need Them on Maternity Units?

“Stocking dantrolene and a cart in every anesthetizing location…no matter the frequency of use of these drugs, should be reconsidered.”
Source: Anesthesiology

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

Electrical Impedance Tomography for Confirmation of Lung Isolation during One-lung Ventilation: Erratum

In the Online First article published on March 26, 2018, a sentence on image C is missing. The last paragraph should read: “Image A shows electrical impedance tomography during deep spontaneous breathing with ventilation throughout both lungs. Image B illustrates the ventral shift of ventilation in both lungs with collapse of dependent lung areas, during […]

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Complex Signals with a Complex History: EEG Monitoring in Anesthesia

Complex Information for Anesthesiologists Presented Quickly and Clearly
Source: Anesthesiology

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

From Benzene Rings to Political Ones: Metz and His Benzocaine, Anaesthesine

As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped […]

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Anomalous Drainage of Inferior Vena Cava into the Left Atrium

ANOMALOUS drainage of the inferior vena cava into the left atrium is a rare cause of cyanosis in adults.1 The accompanying images exhibit this condition. Magnetic resonance imaging portrays the inferior vena cava entering the left atrium (top image). An ostium secundum atrial septal defect and a prominent left atrial eustachian valve are present (bottom […]

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Baseline Cerebral Metabolic Rate Is a Critical Determinant of the Cerebral Vasodilating Potency of Volatile Anesthetic Agents

A Comparison of the Direct Cerebral Vasodilating Potencies of Halothane and Isoflurane in the New Zealand White Rabbit. By Drummond JC, Todd MM, Scheller MS, and Shapiro HM. Anesthesiology 1986; 65:462–7. Reprinted with permission. Halothane is commonly viewed as a more potent cerebral vasodilator than isoflurane. It was speculated that the lesser vasodilation caused […]

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