Harvard Anesthesiologist Publishes Memoir on Advancements in Anesthesia Safety

Gerald Zeitlin, MD, an anesthesiologist who has taught at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, has published a memoir highlighting advancements in anesthesia safety over the past 50 years, according to an MMDNewswire report.

The memoir, titled "Laughing and Crying About Anesthesia: A Memoir of Risk and Safety," gives the reader an "inside look" at the operating room, intensive care unit and emergency room from the anesthesiologist's point of view. He discusses the dangers posed by unreliable or inadequate equipment, dangerous drugs, mistaken ideas about the need for oxygen and unsupervised beginner anesthesiologists, according to the report.

He concludes the book with a review of the dramatic improvements in patient safety during the past 30 years in Boston.

Dr. Zeitlin received his MD from the University of Cambridge in England and practiced anesthesia in London before immigrating to the United States. He was appointed president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesia and became a principal investigator to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Closed Malpractice Claims Project.

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