Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia

For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. From the famous first demonstration of anesthesia in the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846 to today?s routine procedure that controls anxiety, memory formation, pain relief, and more, anesthesia has come a long way. But it remains one of For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. ...

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Title:Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia
Author:Henry Jay Przybylo
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393254437
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia Reviews

  • Becky
    Dec 15, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Thank you to W.W. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! I absolutely love a good medical memoir, and this one delivered all of what I love: a smart, committed person with a real passion for medicine ...

    Anesthesiologist/author Przybylo takes readers beyond the forbidden operating room doors into the O.R. itself. In a calm, warm tone, the author details how patients are given anesthesia prior to medical procedures and the myriad of ways in which they differ. He deftly includes the hist...

    This was a fun and fast read. Dr Przybylo is clearly a guy who is conversant in a very technical, high-stakes field of medicine but his writing isn't a thicket. It was darn clear. Anesthesia isn't a forgiving area, I suppose, and Dr Jay (as he calls himself) wasn't able to forgive hims...

    In the ever growing genre of reality medical texts for non medical readers, this book is a very well crafted view of the critical role played by the anaesthesiologist. Our .ives depend upon their calculations, attention to vitals and their interventions to prevent consciousness an post...

    I initially heard about this book while listening to Terry Gross interview the author on NPR. The interview (worth listening to!) persuaded me to seek out the book. It is a fascinating look into the mostly invisible, somewhat mysterious yet absolutely critical world of anesthesiology. ...

  • SibylM
    Oct 21, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Thank you to W.W. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! I absolutely love a good medical memoir, and this one delivered all of what I love: a smart, committed person with a real passion for medicine ...

  • Petra X
    Nov 29, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

  • Jen
    Nov 19, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Nov 14, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

  • Lynn
    Jul 03, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

  • Dorie
    Nov 18, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

  • Stephen Yoder
    Oct 19, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Thank you to W.W. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! I absolutely love a good medical memoir, and this one delivered all of what I love: a smart, committed person with a real passion for medicine ...

    Anesthesiologist/author Przybylo takes readers beyond the forbidden operating room doors into the O.R. itself. In a calm, warm tone, the author details how patients are given anesthesia prior to medical procedures and the myriad of ways in which they differ. He deftly includes the hist...

    This was a fun and fast read. Dr Przybylo is clearly a guy who is conversant in a very technical, high-stakes field of medicine but his writing isn't a thicket. It was darn clear. Anesthesia isn't a forgiving area, I suppose, and Dr Jay (as he calls himself) wasn't able to forgive hims...

  • Marika
    Apr 17, 2017

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Thank you to W.W. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! I absolutely love a good medical memoir, and this one delivered all of what I love: a smart, committed person with a real passion for medicine ...

    Anesthesiologist/author Przybylo takes readers beyond the forbidden operating room doors into the O.R. itself. In a calm, warm tone, the author details how patients are given anesthesia prior to medical procedures and the myriad of ways in which they differ. He deftly includes the hist...

  • Rosemary
    Jan 12, 2018

    My late father had a triple bypass where the anaesthetic didn't work. As his muscles were completely paralysed as they have to be, he was unable to let anyone know that he was in excrutiating pain. Afterwards he repeated to the surgeon things he had said and the surgeon was very apolog...

    I would rate this book a 3.5 rounded up to a 4! I am always interested in any books related to the medical field and this sounded like a great one. I?ve had several surgeries and I?ve always wondered what it must be like to be the anesthesiologist, the one who really holds your ...

    This is a simple but fascinating memoir about the life of one particular anesthesiologist. The book provides pertinent history, medical knowledge, case studies and musings about the job and it's art. There is much more to the job than I thought. The anesthesiologist must examine the pa...

    Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren't my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic. In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His pat...

    I'm always interested in medical history and autobiography, so I was very excited to read about an anesthesiologist's history and views on his profession. Too many of us take anesthesia for granted without a real understanding of what the practice entails. I found the historical ba...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Thank you to W.W. Norton for providing me this engrossing memoir! I absolutely love a good medical memoir, and this one delivered all of what I love: a smart, committed person with a real passion for medicine ...

    Anesthesiologist/author Przybylo takes readers beyond the forbidden operating room doors into the O.R. itself. In a calm, warm tone, the author details how patients are given anesthesia prior to medical procedures and the myriad of ways in which they differ. He deftly includes the hist...

    This was a fun and fast read. Dr Przybylo is clearly a guy who is conversant in a very technical, high-stakes field of medicine but his writing isn't a thicket. It was darn clear. Anesthesia isn't a forgiving area, I suppose, and Dr Jay (as he calls himself) wasn't able to forgive hims...

    In the ever growing genre of reality medical texts for non medical readers, this book is a very well crafted view of the critical role played by the anaesthesiologist. Our .ives depend upon their calculations, attention to vitals and their interventions to prevent consciousness an post...