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Towards Understanding Mechanisms of Anesthesia

Wanderer, Jonathan P. MD, MPhil; Nathan, Naveen MD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001612
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (jon.wanderer@vanderbilt.edu)

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (n-nathan@northwestern.edu)

Infographic composed by Jonathan P. Wanderer, MD, MPhil, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (jon.wanderer@vanderbilt.edu), and Naveen Nathan, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (n-nathan@northwestern.edu).

Illustration by Naveen Nathan, MD.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Our understanding of how anesthetics act has advanced considerably, and a growing body of evidence points towards a final common mechanism for anesthetic action.1 In this infographic, we review key discoveries that support our current understanding of mechanisms of anesthesia.

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1. Hudetz AG, Mashour GA. Disconnecting consciousness: is there a common anesthetic end point? Anesth Analg. 2016;123:1228–1240.

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