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Learning From Experience Amazing Anaesthesia Anecdotes

Author Name: Vasanthi Vidyasagaran | Format: Paperback | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details

Imagine a world without anaesthesia. From tooth extraction to painless births, to complex organ transplants, medical science has advanced leaps and bounds, thanks to advancements in the field of anaesthesia. Although less celebrated, anaesthesia has been and always will be a major pillar of support to medical science.

Today, the most complex surgeries that were once beyond human imagination, are possible due to parallel developments in the field of anaesthesia. Reversible loss of consciousness, muscle relaxation, and overall care for the patient when surgery is in progress, form the essence of anaesthetic practice. Many anaesthetists are independent practitioners of pain management and in-charge of the ICU’s in several hospitals.

This book, brings to the fore, the many intricacies of human lives and how anaesthesia plays a crucial role in addressing them. The motivation behind writing this, is to bring to light, the many components of anaesthesia, through the experiences of the anaesthetist. By focusing on select cases that demanded high levels of skill, a thorough knowledge of the patient, and an overarching passion for the field, the author has ensured that this book will be the perfect reference and aid, when one is confronted with unexpected complexities in one's career as a practicing anaesthesiologist.

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Vasanthi Vidyasagaran

Dr. Vasanthi Vidyasagaran is a consultant anaesthetist who has been practicing anaesthesia in Chennai for nearly four decades. She graduated from Madras Medical College and joined government service to make a contribution to anaesthetic practice and teaching. She has worked in all three teaching medical colleges in the city. She retired from her alma mater as Director of the Institute of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Chennai. During her tenure in government service, she has taught innumerable students with a keen focus on quality and safety in anaesthesia practice.

 

She has conducted many public awareness programmes including radio talks, television interviews, and write-ups in popular Tamil and English newspapers. An experience that she deeply cherishes is having had one of her programmes attended by the famous writer Sujatha who later wrote about it in the Tamil magazine Anantha Vikatan. She has also conducted a beach walk in which more than 200 anaesthetists participated. Through the interesting and thought-provoking anaesthetic experiences narrated in this book, Dr. Vasanthi aims to further reach out to the public and empower her audiences with essential knowledge regarding this unique medical specialty.

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