Medicine: Standardized Anesthesia

Dr. Paluel Joseph Flagg, No. 1 U.S. anesthetist, recently warned his colleagues that in the Army & Navy the delicate work of administering anesthesia is often mishandled. Under present Army conditions the customary teamwork between surgeon and anesthetist does not exist. And without teamwork there may be trouble.

The root of the trouble is a difference of medical opinion. There are many anesthetics, each with its pros & cons, from which a surgeon may choose. For abdominal operations, for example, some surgeons prefer a spinal anesthetic. Other surgeons avoid spinals because they entail a somewhat greater risk of complications (e.g., occasional...

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