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The first public demonstration of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16th, 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
The first public demonstration of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16th, 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

The profession of medicine offers a lifetime of fascination, and no specialty is more fascinating than anesthesiology.

The Anesthesia Consultant is a portal into the captivating and compelling world of the operating room.  The Anesthesia Consultant is designed to inform and entertain both laypeople and medical specialists, and provides answers not found in traditional textbooks.

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Presented by Richard Novak, MD, a Stanford-trained anesthesiologist and internal medicine specialist in active clinical practice at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

A note from Dr. Novak:

I want to thank my readers, as theanesthesiaconsult.com reached the landmark of  1,000,000 all-time views as of March, 2017. Current traffic is approximately 11,000 views per week, on a pace to reach over 500,000 readers per year. The Anesthesia Consultant reaches readers in over 100 countries around the world.

The success of theanesthesiaconsultant.com would not be possible without my readers, and I thank you all. I’ll keep writing, and I invite you to keep reading.

Thanks a million!

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Published in September 2017:  The second edition of THE DOCTOR AND MR. DYLAN, Dr. Novak’s debut novel, a medical-legal mystery which blends the science and practice of anesthesiology with unforgettable characters, a page-turning plot, and the legacy of Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son.

Dr. Nico Antone, an anesthesiologist at Stanford University, is married to Alexandra, a high-powered real estate agent obsessed with money. Their son, Johnny, an 11th-grader with immense potential, struggles to get the grades he’ll need to attend an Ivy League college. After a screaming match with Alexandra, Nico moves himself and Johnny from Palo Alto, California, to his frozen childhood home of Hibbing, Minnesota. The move should help Johnny improve his grades and thus seem more attractive to universities, but Nico loves the freedom from his wife, too. Hibbing also happens to be the hometown of music icon Bob Dylan. Joining the hospital staff, Nico runs afoul of a grouchy nurse anesthetist calling himself Bobby Dylan, who plays Dylan songs twice a week in a bar called Heaven’s Door. As Nico and Johnny settle in, their lives turn around; they even start dating the gorgeous mother/daughter pair of Lena and Echo Johnson. However, when Johnny accidentally impregnates Echo, the lives of the Hibbing transplants start to implode. In true page-turner fashion, first-time novelist Novak gets started by killing soulless Alexandra, which accelerates the downfall of his underdog protagonist now accused of murder. Dialogue is pitch-perfect, and the insults hurled between Nico and his wife are as hilarious as they are hurtful: “Are you my husband, Nico? Or my dependent?” The author’s medical expertise proves central to the plot, and there are a few grisly moments, as when “dark blood percolated” from a patient’s nostrils “like coffee grounds.” Bob Dylan details add quirkiness to what might otherwise be a chilly revenge tale; we’re told, for instance, that Dylan taught “every singer with a less-than-perfect voice…how to sneer and twist off syllables.” Courtroom scenes toward the end crackle with energy, though one scene involving a snowmobile ties up a certain plot thread too neatly. By the end, Nico has rolled with a great many punches.

Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar.

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. As a retired anesthesiologist, I had a general anesthetic, plus surgeon injection of LA in both knees for bil tka. Having the Conformis 3D generated prosthetics made a big difference. Perfect fit, minimal pain, maximal flexion (90°) first postop day. Blocks are overdone. I didn’t want any chance of muscle weakness.

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