Anesthesiology is on the threshold of its greatest contributions to the safety and mental well-being of the patient. In the past, the initial responsibility of the anesthesiologist was to make the patient comfortable and to provide adequate muscular relaxation and reflex depression during surgery. These two objectives are being accomplished in the vast majority of operations; however, the obligations of the anesthesiologist are now distributed over a wider area. Greater attention must be given to the broader, and perhaps more important, aspects of patient care. Successful surgery defeats its own end if the anesthesia service is deficient. I am confident that in the future greater emphasis will be placed on safety to the patient and that more attention will be devoted to the understanding of the patient's problems. My discussion will be limited to these two points. Measures to decrease the danger of surgery and to increase the satisfaction of
Whitacre RJ. ANESTHESIOLOGIST'S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PATIENT: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1953;152(15):1407–1408. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150011003
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