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Book and Media Reviews
September 28, 2011

Smith's Anesthesia for Infants and Children

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (tiffany.brainerd@childrens.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(12):1381. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1367

In November 2009, the Harvard Medical School community mourned the loss of one of its great leaders in modern medicine. Robert Moors Smith, former chief of anesthesiology at Children's Hospital Boston, is considered by many to be the father of pediatric anesthesiology. Smith distinguished himself as a physician who cared for children, focusing on the finer aspects of pediatric care and recognizing that children are so much more than “little adults.” He was well known as an emphatic patient advocate and protector, exemplifying these important roles for anesthesiologists throughout the years, from the days of his own contributions to developing anesthesiology as an independent medical specialty to today.

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