Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia

by Henry Jay Przybylo MD


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“An engaging and illuminating exploration of the invisible medical specialty that is anesthesia.… Counting Backwards pulls back the veil on the very act of being alive.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo it each year, anesthesia is the source of great fear and fascination. In Counting Backwards, pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo delivers an unforgettable account of the procedure’s daily dramas and fundamental mysteries. Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times over his thirty-year career: on newborn babies, screaming toddlers, sullen teenagers, even a gorilla. Filled with intense moments of near-disaster, life-saving successes, and simple grace, Counting Backwards is for anyone curious about what happens after we lose consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356427
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 339,493
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Henry Jay Przybylo, MD is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine. He also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 A Deep Sleep 1

Chapter 2 Command Center 16

Chapter 3 The Five A's 31

Chapter 4 Railroad Tracks 47

Chapter 5 Fear of the Mask 57

Chapter 6 Nothing by Mouth 81

Chapter 7 Heartbeats 97

Chapter 8 A Most Unusual Patient 115

Chapter 9 Errors Everlasting 132

Chapter 10 In Wait 149

Chapter 11 Paper Cranes 161

Chapter 12 A Brain Trapped in a Box 181

Chapter 13 See One, Do One, Teach One 191

Chapter 14 Reentry 211

Chapter 15 Safe Travels 219

Acknowledgments 229

A Note on Sources 231

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