Exploring the Mysteries of Anesthesia in ‘Counting Backwards’

In a new book, longtime anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo writes: “I erase consciousness, deny memories, steal time, immobilize the body.”

Przybylo’s book “Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia” delves into the field’s history, the relationship between patients and their doctors, and the ongoing mystery surrounding much of how anesthesia actually works.

Przybylo, an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, joins us in conversation.

You can read an excerpt of the book here.


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