Correspondence  |   October 2016
I Was There! I Did It!
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Correspondence   |   October 2016
I Was There! I Did It!
Anesthesiology 10 2016, Vol.125, 813. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001223
Anesthesiology 10 2016, Vol.125, 813. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001223
I am long retired from the practice of anesthesiology and, admittedly, no longer read our journal, Anesthesiology, from cover to cover. However, from time to time, I look at some of the titles to see what topics may still be of interest to me.
Recently, I found two articles in Anesthesiology, June 2016 (vol. 124, no. 6) that captured my attention and that I read and reread with great interest and genuine pleasure.
The first article is the special article by Drs. Johnstone and Fleischer1  on a 1966 anesthetic by Robert D. Dripps, M.D. Why did it capture my attention? BECAUSE I WAS THERE! In the early 1960s (1963 to 1965), I was a resident in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, under the chairmanship of Dr. Dripps. Reading the article brought back many fond memories of Dr. Dripps (respectfully known by many of the residents as The Dripper!) and of the residency he created. It was indeed an “Ivory Tower” of academic anesthesiology, and I am forever grateful to have been at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania during those early years.
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