The Future of Anesthesia

by Brian Warriner, MD

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    Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back to our last lecture in our series of lectures on Anesthesiology. In this lecture I'm going to delve back into my memory banks a little bit and tell you something of the Evolution of Anesthesiology during my nearly 40 years in this specialty. Then we're going to discuss what I see as being Future Areas of Development in Anesthesiology. And my own personal vision of Perioperative Medicine and how it may evolve. So, the last 40 years since I've been an anesthesiologist there have been dramatic changes in our specialty. One of the most important has been a change in the behavior of the people working in the operating room. When I started anesthesiology as a resident, way back in the 1970s, the surgeon was a god. Behavior by the surgeon was often extraordinarily inappropriate, throwing instruments, temper tantrums, very bad jokes, trying to get the nurses embarrassed or laughing, or in some cases crying. It was very manipulative and there was often a war between the anesthesiologist and the surgeon. This has changed dramatically. It's partly because hospitals and hospital systems will no longer allow this kind of behavior. It's partly because nursing personnel have become more assertive and more sure of their own rights. And it's partly because the relationship between surgeons and anesthesiologists has improved dramatically in collegiality. There's now a real appreciation of the skills that we all bring to the team. And the team is a very important part of the system that acts to provide surgery to patients. The surgeon, of course, is still a vital part of that team. And the system is set up to support the surgeon. And that is not going to change, nor should it change. There needs to be assistance to...

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    The lecture The Future of Anesthesia by Brian Warriner, MD is from the course Anesthesiology: Advanced. It contains the following chapters:

    • Changes in Anesthesiology
    • Palliative Care
    • Chronic Pain Management
    • Perioperative Medicine

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     Brian Warriner, MD

    Brian Warriner, MD

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