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March 30, 1979


Author Affiliations

Iowa City
From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

JAMA. 1979;241(13):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03290390047031

The present scene in anesthesiology is a panorama of research activity; educational programs for medical students, residents, and specialists in practice; and an increasing demand for more clinical service. Still, it is the patient who remains our real responsibility—a person who has a name, who is more than a collection of data, and who has a need to be regarded as something other than a statistic. Out of this constantly changing scene, I have chosen to emphasize three areas of special interest: the growth of the subspecialties, the increased use of monitoring equipment, and operating room hazards.

Subspecialties  First, there is the development of the subspecialties in anesthesia. Through the years we have enjoyed the teaching and research accomplishments of those who were relatively more interested in and excelled in some particular part of the specialty. More recently, special areas of clinical practice and research have been emphasized in a