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December 17, 1960

Responsibility of the Anesthesiologist

Author Affiliations

Providence, R. I.

Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Rhode Island Hospital.; Chairman's Address, Section on Anesthesiology, at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Miami Beach, Fla., June 16, 1960.

JAMA. 1960;174(16):2020-2022. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030160006002

The anesthesiologist's responsibilities have extended to the recovery room and the intensive care unit. Here his knowledge of altered respiratory and circulatory states and his competence in treating these conditions contributes to the betterment of immediate postoperative care. It is reasonable to expect the anesthesiologist to apply his skills in treating acute circulatory and respiratory derangements, as illustrated in a 16-bed surgical unit and an 8-bed medical unit.