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December 17, 1960

Responsibility of the Anesthesiologist

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.