Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia by Henry Jay Przybylo

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Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia Read Online Free - 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 the most extraordinary, unexplored corners of the medical world.

In Counting Backwards, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo—a pediatric anesthesiologist with more than thirty years of experience—delivers an unforgettable account of the procedure’s daily dramas and fundamental mysteries. Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times in his career—erasing consciousness, denying memory, and immobilizing the body, and then reversing all of these effects—on newborn babies, screaming toddlers, sullen teenagers, even a gorilla. 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.

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.

Title : Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia
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ISBN : 0393254437
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Petra X rated it ★★★★☆

November 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 apologetic but th...

Dorie rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2017

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 life in his or her...

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

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 patient, deci...

Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2017

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 patients have inclu...

Jen rated it ★★★☆☆

November 19, 2017

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 background very i...

SibylM rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

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 to narrate,...

Marika rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

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 history of anes...

Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

February 10, 2018

This book is a quick easy read, which was not what I expected. It was a mix of medical science/history and anecdotes, which is fine. 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. The autho...

Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2017

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 himself for som...

Rosemary rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2018

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 operative...

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