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Snapshot of 1973 and 1974: Critical Thinkers and Contemporary Research Ideas in Neurosurgical Anesthesia During the First Years of SNACC

Pasternak, Jeffrey J. MD; Lanier, William L. MD

Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology: October 2012 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 300–311
doi: 10.1097/ANA.0b013e318266b20d
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The year 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC). To celebrate this occasion, we provide a review, speculative synthesis, and commentary addressing research relevant to neurosurgical anesthesiology in 1973 and 1974—the early years of SNACC. We address topics such as effects of anesthetic drugs, neuroprotection, cerebral physiology, and monitoring as they relate to the perioperative care of neurosurgical patients or patients experiencing or at risk for neurological disorders. Our hypothesis is that a review of these publications will identify the foundations of research and practice concepts that persist until today and will also identify concepts that have dwindled or outright disappeared.

Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Reprints: Jeffrey J. Pasternak, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail: pasternak.jeffrey@mayo.edu).

Received May 9, 2012

Accepted June 26, 2012

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.