2020 Covers & Artwork

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February 2020, Volume 130, Issue 2

The image on this month's cover uses a translucency effect for icons related to perioperative care as they hover about a tablet-based app. This reflects just how early the stages are for the development of meaningful remote technologies in anesthetic practice. The ideas of teleconferencing for preoperative consultation, intraoperative remote monitoring, and postoperative surveillance are just the beginning motivations for a rapidly evolving technology. Articles in this issue provide a comprehensive description of available use functions of remote technologies in anesthetic practice and their potential to transform our practice.
Naveen Nathan, MD
Cover Editor and Illustrator

January 2020, Volume 130, Issue 1

Although we focus our attention intensely on the heart's pump function, we often succumb to the mystique of its ability to generate electrical activity. Perhaps this is because the electroconductive cells of the heart do not so easily fit the mold of direct or alternating current power sources. Biologic systems which evolved in a water-based environment decidedly have to be more complex than the simple electron flow through copper wiring. This, of course, makes them just as complicated when it comes to all the environmental (physiological) forces that create aberrations of rhythm. As our patient population ages, so too will the integrity of their internal circuit boards.
Naveen Nathan, MD
Cover Editor and Illustrator