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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Tell Me Press, LLC; First edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981645305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981645308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Dr. Dhar's book is so readable, concise, and informative that it should be assigned reading by surgeons and physicians to their patients who are preparing for surgery or procedures requiring sedation. Before the Scalpel reaches a difficult balance by being substantive enough to provide a review for the medical professional while being easily comprehensible to the layperson. Very timely publication; it fills that gap in every patient's operative preparation.''<bt>--Robert M. Rey, MPP, featured on E! Entertainment's hit series, Dr. 90210

''In an age of information overload, anesthesia the art of comfort remains the dark continent of medicine for most patients. We put ourselves in the presiding doctor's hands blindly, trusting that our pain and awareness will be dulled in exchange for giving ourselves over to the needle, the gas mask, the IV full of narcotics and sedatives. Before the Scalpel does an admirable job of closing this gap, presenting the why's and wherefore's of anesthesia in a crisp and lucid style. Panchali Dhar has thought of all the possible questions and fears that patients might have concerning this crucial but mostly unexplained procedure and addresses them one by one. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to be better informed about his or her medical care.
--Daphne Merkin, novelist, critic, and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

''The book is beautifully written in a simple yet elegant style, presenting extremely difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand format . . . Every sentence, every concept is crisp and concise and valuable to anyone who plans an operating room experience . . . All surgeons should make this book available to their patients to read.'' ----Ira H. Kirschenbaum, MD, founding executive director of Medscape Orthopaedics, now part of the WebMD family

The book is beautifully written in a simple yet elegant style, presenting extremely difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand format...Every sentence, every concept is crisp and concise and valuable to anyone who plans an operating room experience....All surgeons should make this book available to their patients to read. --Ira H. Kirschenbaum, MD, founding executive director of Medscape Orthopaedics, now part of the WebMD family

In an age of information overload, anesthesia the art of comfort remains the dark continent of medicine for most patients. We put ourselves in the presiding doctor's hands blindly, trusting that our pain and awareness will be dulled in exchange for giving ourselves over to the needle, the gas mask, the IV full of narcotics and sedatives. Before the Scalpel does an admirable job of closing this gap, presenting the why's and wherefore's of anesthesia in a crisp and lucid style. Panchali Dhar has thought of all the possible questions and fears that patients might have concerning this crucial but mostly unexplained procedure and addresses them one by one. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to be better informed about his or her medical care. --Daphne Merkin, novelist, critic, and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

The book is beautifully written in a simple yet elegant style, presenting extremely difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand format...Every sentence, every concept is crisp and concise and valuable to anyone who plans an operating room experience....All surgeons should make this book available to their patients to read. --Ira H. Kirschenbaum, MD, founding executive director of Medscape Orthopaedics, now part of the WebMD family

In an age of information overload, anesthesia the art of comfort remains the dark continent of medicine for most patients. We put ourselves in the presiding doctor's hands blindly, trusting that our pain and awareness will be dulled in exchange for giving ourselves over to the needle, the gas mask, the IV full of narcotics and sedatives. Before the Scalpel does an admirable job of closing this gap, presenting the why's and wherefore's of anesthesia in a crisp and lucid style. Panchali Dhar has thought of all the possible questions and fears that patients might have concerning this crucial but mostly unexplained procedure and addresses them one by one. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to be better informed about his or her medical care. --Daphne Merkin, novelist, critic, and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

About the Author

Panchali Dhar, MD, is an anesthesiologist a doctor who helps people undergo medical procedures free from pain. Today she is an active member of the faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Each day she works with patients who entrust their lives to her skilled hands.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone contemplating surgery.
Rebecca Nielsen
The writing style and content suitable for every range of individual who has limited or expert technical knowledge.
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If you or someone you know is planning any kind of surgery get this book now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Urquhart on September 25, 2009
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This book is informative to a point, albeit self-serving. The author addresses the kind of questions a young, healthy individual should ask, while underscoring how wonderful anesthesiologists are. The problem is that she never addresses the issues relating to older people who undergo anesthesia, possible cognitive loss or, as in the case of my family, a history of high sensitivity and extremely slow recovery.

It has been my experience that the medical community does not or will not recognize that some people do not recover fully from anesthesia or recover more slowly than is conveninent for the doctors or the facilities. The older the patient, the slower the return to normal and in those who may already have some cognitive loss or are likely to develop dementia, anesthesia may exacerbate the condition.

This is important to many people and I wish the author (and others in the medical community) would address it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2009
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Surgery is no laughing matter. "Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia" is an informative reference on the absolutely vital knowledge one must have before facing any type of surgery involving anesthesia, which is used in most types of serious surgery, from delivering children to plastic surgery to dental work. Seeking to adequately prepare potential patients or friends and family of patients, "Before the Scalpel" should strongly be considered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Nielsen on March 13, 2009
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Since reading this book, I have had surgery twice and my daughter and niece each had surgery once. Since we are usually very healthy, this could have been quite traumatic. Anesthesia was my main concern, but Dr. Dhar's book answered all my questions, leaving me calm and able to sleep peacefully through my own surgery and wait with less anxiety through my daughter's surgery. I highly recommend this book for anyone contemplating surgery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Lombardo on September 2, 2009
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I found Dr. Dhars "Before the Scalpel" one of the most patient empowering books to date. A must read before any anesthetic procedure. This book explains step by step what is involved for the patient and the patients' rights. If you or someone you know is planning any kind of surgery get this book now. You'll feel better because knowledge is power, Patient Power.

Nancy Lombardo host of Comedy Concepts Blog Talk Radio
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocket on February 13, 2009
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It's simple, the book told me what my doctor didn't. It answered all my questions and questions I didn't even know enough to ask. They say every patient should be an informed patient, at least now I know what to expect and what to ask.
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