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
    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. ...
  • Ray
    Dec 13, 2017
    Doctor Henry Jay Przybylo's book "Counting Backwards" provides a look into what it's like to be an Anesthesiologist, as told by a doctor with decades of experience. His story is personal, detailing examples and experiences from his practice. While there may be people with stories of ...
  • SibylM
    Oct 21, 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 ...
  • Cynthia
    Sep 06, 2017
    3.5 rounded up. ...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer S
    Feb 14, 2018
    This is "anethesia for the populace" - a collection of anecdotes, history, and medical observations about the practice of anesthesiology. Although it's not a fast page-turner, I did learn some interesting things about this branch of medicine, which is often taken for granted in medical...
  • Holly
    Dec 13, 2017
    Very interesting book with clear descriptions of what it's like to be an anesthesiologist, to administer anesthesia and the different components involved. Wonderfully responsible and humanistic approach. I highly recommend this book to anyone who might find this topic of interest. Anes...
  • Jen
    Nov 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 ba...
  • Christian
    Jan 11, 2018
    A bit dry, a bit self aggrandizing. That being said, an interesting look into a field I did not have a lot of knowledge on. Worth reading. ...
  • John
    Nov 30, 2017
    Personal memoir of the professional life of an academic anesthesiologist. I think it provides good insights from my standpoint as a non-anesthesiologist physician. It is truly your anesthesiologist hold your life in his hands during surgery, but in fact it is the surgeon who gets the r...
  • Aliceconlon
    Jan 22, 2018
    I listened to the audio version of Counting Backwards. I heard the author on NPR and thought the book sounded interesting. While Dr Jay may be an excellent anesthesiologist, he comes across as arrogant and condescending especially towards the mothers of his young patients. He even reca...
  • Ryan Boomershine
    Dec 13, 2017
    The musings of a highly conscientious pediatric anesthesiologist reflecting on his work as a science and an art...but mostly as a science. I feel like Przybylo beat himself up too much about a few very small issues, including the matter of the lost artifact at the very end of the b...
  • Cheryl Gatling
    Nov 29, 2017
    "Doctor Jay" writes about his years as an anesthesiologist. He writes about the history of anesthesia, the science behind anesthesia, the nature of his working day, and most of all, his most interesting cases. He has spent most of his career providing anesthesia for children, and deali...
  • Alex
    Feb 08, 2018
    Usually I?m crazy for books of this kind, medical memoirs, but I couldn?t quite get into this one by an anesthesiologist who specializes in pediatric cardiac cases. Though I liked that he described his evolution as a caregiver and his dedication to providing comfort to his patients...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Nov 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 pat...
  • Rachel
    Feb 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...
  • CarolB
    Dec 23, 2017
    Maybe this is more than I need to know about anesthesia, but it was like watching a really good documentary. "Dr. Jay" (which is much easier to say than his actual name, Przybylo) gives us some background on how the science of avoiding pain, avoiding motion and keeping the vital signs ...
  • Lynn
    Jul 03, 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 pa...
  • Dkettmann
    Dec 28, 2017
    Fun listen (audiobook version), some interesting stories, and a good book on the generalities of Anesthesia and the practice thereof. Its a bit short, slightly under 6 hrs of audio. And it never goes very deep. To me, the book was similar to if a younger person had gone up to this v...
  • Dorie
    Nov 18, 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 ...
  • Stephen Yoder
    Oct 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 hims...
  • Jeremy
    Jan 07, 2018
    I enjoyed this first-time author?s work. He offered a view into an often overlooked area of medicine. My favorite parts were about the history of anesthesia and the patient cases. It?s a quick read and written for a non-medical professional audience in mind. ...
  • Gloria
    Nov 12, 2017
    An interesting account about the history and use of anesthesia written by an anesthesiologist. I was interested in reading the book because of my fascination with the effects on the mind of anesthesia and drugs that induce amnesia. While the books did not go as deeply into this subject...
  • Julia
    Dec 22, 2017
    I heard this Dr interviewed about his book and thought it would be interesting to read. It was a very well written book for non-fiction or a rather narrow topic. It reads more as a story of this Dr's practice, philosophy, learning, interactions with patients than a typical non-fiction....
  • Bonnie
    Jan 12, 2018
    As a reader who has undergone many operations, I have to admit that until I read this book, I wasn't giving the anesthesialogist his due. Usually he/she is the person who comes in pre-surgery, asks a few questions and then you never see him/her again. Dr.Przybylo - in a very readabl...
  • Marika
    Apr 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 hist...
  • Nanci
    Oct 27, 2017
    When I received in the mail because of a goodreads giveaway, I was hesitant to start reading. I'm glad I did. Having had surgery this past April coming out of anesthesia was a vivid memory. Dr Jay's passion for his profession is evident. I wish I had had more interaction with my anesth...
  • Karen Schnakenberg
    Jan 30, 2018
    Very disappointing -- lots of details but little in the way of a helpful context or an overarching framework for helping to understand the methods and experience of anesthesia; lots of small anecdotes + too much focus on "I" and "my." I've read a number of books by doctors on their par...
  • Rosemary
    Jan 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...
  • Corinne
    Jan 06, 2018
    Could not put this book down till the last page. I encourage anyone who is interested in healthcare to read it. I enjoy reading about other modalities - especially if I've worked side by side with them or have been a patient on the receiving end. Gives a whole new perspective. I remem...