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TitleAnesthesia for Renal Transplantation [electronic resource] / edited by Gwendolyn B. Graybar, Lois L. Bready
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1987
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Descript XVI, 272 p. online resource


This treatise commemorates the 32nd anniversary of the first successful allogenic kidney transplant in a human being and the beginning of a conยญ tinuing challenge for well over a generation of anesthesiologists. If compariยญ sons can be permitted, this epoch-making event can be ranked with the first pulmonary lobectomy and subsequently the initial ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus in the late 1930s when thoracic and cardiac surgery began. Was it merely a coincidence that brought these events to the fore so close upon one another after many years of ideation and frustration? Not so, according to Lewis Thomas, for this was the time of medicine's second revolution-its transformation from an empirical art into a powerfully effective science. The remote Galenic conception of disease with its emphasis on disturbed body humors was about to be supplanted by effective therapeutics, as signified by the introduction of the sulfonamides and antibiotics for the specific treatment of infection. Anesthesiology had been dormant up to that era, still relying upon a few agents, more or less utilized from the beginning, and purveyed by a handful of specialists who had not yet begun to ask the scientific questions necessary for their maturation into a bona fide discipline. However, anesthesiology was inยญ evitably caught in the ferment, for as Peter Caws observed, "It serves to reยญ mind us that the development of science is a step-wise process: nobody starts from scratch and nobody gets very far ahead of the rest


1. History of renal transplantation -- 2. Renal anatomy and pathophysiology -- 3. The medical management of renal transplant patients -- 4. Brain death and management of the cadaveric donor -- 5. The living related donor -- 6. Surgical aspects of renal transplantation -- 7. Monitoring -- 8. Fluids, electrolytes, and blood transfusions -- 9. Intravenous agents and renal failure -- 10. Choice of anesthesia -- 11. Muscle relaxants and renal failure -- 12. Postanesthetic recovery -- 13. Anesthesia-related morbidity -- 14. Anesthesia for pediatric renal transplantation -- 15. Anesthesia for vascular access and other procedures -- 16. A game plan

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