Reviews of Educational Material  |   September 2018
Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia.
Author Notes
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. shcmd@ucla.edu
  • (Accepted for publication June 5, 2018.)
    (Accepted for publication June 5, 2018.)×
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Reviews of Educational Material / Airway Management / Critical Care / Education / CPD / Geriatric Anesthesia / Infectious Disease / Neuromuscular Diseases and Drugs / Pediatric Anesthesia / Radiological and Other Imaging / Respiratory System / Thoracic Anesthesia
Reviews of Educational Material   |   September 2018
Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia.
Anesthesiology 9 2018, Vol.129, 617. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002343
Anesthesiology 9 2018, Vol.129, 617. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002343
Most people do not understand what anesthesiologists do and why we are so important; many may not even realize we are physicians. Given today’s production pressure in operating rooms, the image we present all too often to patients is based on our very short preoperative evaluation and then a dash to the operating room suite with the patient. This book by a practicing pediatric anesthesiologist might help this situation; it presents the specialty of anesthesiology to the public. It covers a wide range of topics related to anesthesia care, including patients and their particular problems, different anesthetic agents and drugs, the operating room environment, and the history of anesthesia. It also explains the wide range of the specialty of anesthesia today. This book makes clear that anesthesiologists are physicians and that this role is central to our work. Although the book will not solve the problem of short interactions with awake patients and their families, it educates the lay public about our specialty and what we do. We also learn a lot about the author and how he works; the book’s title comes from the author’s practice of asking his older patients to count backwards as they are induced.