I have hypertension and have been on meds for about 2 decades. I need to have a further procedure but cannot as Irma and Maria have screwed things up, so maybe next year. However, on balance, would reservedly recommend this as a diverting quick read book. Secondly when the author dedicates himself to pain relief before, during and after surgery he gets guilty about the patients like ones with cerebral palsy who couldn't advocate for themselves. For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination.
It was a quick, easy read and I think the engaging patient stories would make this a great pick even for someone who doesn't often pick up nonfiction. For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. He is honest about what the field doesn't yet understand, and what advances would be most useful. My husband by my side…and my anesthesiologist. These were the bulk of the book though and I'd definitely recommend picking this up for that reason.
He paints a pretty picture: Anesthesia, when done expertly e. You choose your doctor, surgeon, and surgical center, but you meet the anesthetist the day of the procedure, often for just a few minutes, before you hand your consciousness over to them. The biggest advantage of this drug is that it speeds reentry. I read an advance copy and was not compensated. I recall many meaningful conversations with Jay some of which I recalled even more deeply while reading this book. With compassion and candor, he weaves his experiences into an intimate exploration of the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief, and the wonder of modern medicine.
What I loved about the book is the author is humble, hum This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. This mix of topics flows smoothly and makes for interesting reading. As a result, his patient stories lean heavily in that direction. He writes with supreme confidence. High expectations are important, and yet they also can lead to painful moments after mistakes. You know those phenomenally painful injections they do in your mouth at the dentist? I found the historical background very interesting, especially how little really changes in the field.
But it remains one of the most extraordinary, unexplored corners of the medical world. But it remains one of the most extraordinary, unexplored corners of the medical world. If you have money, please buy it to support the author, thank you! The first chapter, for example, is about an 11-yr-old patient for adenoidectomy. The author did anesthesia for all the patients discussed. Most people do not understand what anesthesiologists do and why we are so important; many may not even realize we are physicians.
With compassion and candor, he weaves his experiences into an intimate exploration of the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief, and the wonder of modern medicine. I recently read by Kate Cole-Adams, which focuses on such incidents, which are not all that uncommon. Perhaps some of the technical parts of the book could have been shortened or omitted to make the book flow a little better. Filled with intensity and humanity, with moments of near-disaster, life-saving success, and simple grace, Counting Backwards is for anyone curious about what happens after we lose consciousness. In an interview on Public Radio, he said he steals time from people, which is a pretty fascinating way to think of it. There were a few off-putting things for me.
The anesthesiologist is ubiquitous but largely invisible. But the science was science lite, and the patient stories were either inspirational thankfully in a non-religious way or had morals like Aesop's fables. I would rate this book a 3. People without insurance, or who live in rural, lower population area First of all, every time I started reading it, I promptly fell asleep. There he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether and her privileged, eccentric clique, led by her brother Eden. I found the historical background very interesting, especially how little really changes in the field.
Since the discovery of ether, many adjunct medications have been added to the anesthesia gas to accomplish all-inclusive care. Inevitably, Doctor Jay makes some observations and comments other anesthesiologists are likely to dispute. I would compare it to the books of Atul Gawande. It is still very very good at it, and was a fun listen especially the story regarding his non-human patient , and I can't say it is the wrong move for this book. But it remains one of the most extraordinary, unexplored corners of the medical world. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! High expectations are important, and yet they also can lead to painful moments after mistakes. A moving exploration of the most common but most mysterious procedure in medicine.
The optimist views it as making the best of a horrible situation—saving one life instead of losing two. First of all, every time I started reading it, I promptly fell asleep. Przybylo is first an anesthesiologist, then a writer. In contrast to books by Marsh, Ka Fun listen audiobook version , some interesting stories, and a good book on the generalities of Anesthesia and the practice thereof. In clear, direct prose, Dr.
Eighteen holes of golf presents no problem. Its a bit short, slightly under 6 hrs of audio. The drugs I use deny the formation of new memories but leave past memories intact. The benzodiazepines help form that time hole. It is the most frequently performed medical procedure that entails risk to the patient. A new password is required for A nesthesiology.