2018 Covers & Artwork

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February 2018, Volume 126, Issue 2

As anesthesiologists, we are somewhat handicapped in that our interventions eliminate the ability to finely discriminate the dose-response relationship of our anesthetic drugs, at least in any way beyond the dichotomy of 'asleep' versus 'light'. Once we pass the threshold of the general anesthetic state, our understanding of the patient's instantaneous depth of anesthesia disappears into the dark matter of the unknowable. Although brain function monitors offer the temptation of using a digital depth gauge to reflect our imposed drug burden, they are defined as much by their limitations as their utility.
Naveen Nathan, MD
Cover Editor and Illustrator

January 2018, Volume 126, Issue 1

As medicine continues to reach greater depths of specialization, it has become clear that no one conventional pathway can prepare tomorrow's physicians for the entire bandwidth of specialty care. That has become most evident with the notions of focused training in pediatric cardiac anesthesia. The cover image incorporates the concept of the modified Penrose triangle, popularized by the likes of M. C. Escher, to convey the sheer complexity of congenital heart disease. His 1961 work entitled Waterfall has been assumed as the construct of the pathway of blood flow in the transposition of the great vessels. Here, we see elements that represent heart valves, a ductus arteriosus, and a ventricular septal defect that allows for mixing of blood.
Naveen Nathan, MD
Cover Editor and Illustrator