Reviews of Educational Material  |   January 2019
Waking Up Safer? An Anesthesiologist’s Record
Author Notes
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. johnstoner@wvumedicine.org
  • (Accepted for publication August 14, 2018.)
    (Accepted for publication August 14, 2018.)×
Article Information
Reviews of Educational Material / Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Education / CPD / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Patient Safety
Reviews of Educational Material   |   January 2019
Waking Up Safer? An Anesthesiologist’s Record
Anesthesiology 1 2019, Vol.130, 176-177. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002439
Anesthesiology 1 2019, Vol.130, 176-177. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002439
This author travelogue through modern anesthesia describes the arduous training of anesthesiologists and some momentous events in the development of the specialty, both of which have led to the sophistication of current practices and promises of an even safer future. The book contains historic vignettes, biopic stories, and science commentaries. Reading it is educational and entertaining.
The author is an accomplished anesthesiologist, who trained in both South Africa and the United Kingdom and who currently serves as the Anesthesiology Department Chairman at Pennsylvania State University. His observations on the specialty and his personal reflections provide an international perspective that will particularly interest U.S. anesthesiologists. Passages on anesthesia care in the 1980s at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, and a lengthy report on the first heart transplant by Christian Barnard there in 1967 will fascinate most readers. Dr. Mets moves back and forth between anesthesia and anaesthesia, resident and registrar, operating rooms and theaters, and other parallels of the U.S. and international healthcare systems that he intimately understands.