Case-Based Anesthesia PDF – Clinical Learning Guides
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The discovery and application of anesthesia is the most important contribution of American medicine to mankind. Its impact exceeds even the elucidation of the human genome. Without visionary discoveries by pioneers in anesthesiology, the explosive growth in type, complexity, and safety of surgical procedures would not have occurred. More importantly, anesthesiology is considered to be the lead specialty in patient safety.
The core principle that drives these advances is training and continuing education. It is interesting to note that, in the 19th century, anesthesiology was considered a “technique” with little scientific merit. It was not until 100 years later that the specialty developed a rigorous scientific foundation with postgraduate training programs. Even more astounding is the fact that, into the late 20th century, there was a paucity of books authored by North Americans. Textbooks supporting resident education, preparation for board examinations, and reference for clinical care were predominantly British in origin.
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