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Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia 1st Edition
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“Stirring… A rare peek into the world of one of the more underrated and mysterious procedures in modern medicine.”
- Library Journal
“[Pryzbylo] weaves an enjoyable narrative out of . . . the wealth of experience he has gained over more than 30 years . . . [and] offers a rare and thoughtful look behind the scenes of this crucial yet arcane speacialization.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I stayed up late to finish this book. In clear, direct prose, Dr. Przybylo offers a fascinating tour of the world of an anesthesiologist. Beautifully written, insightful, and informative, Counting Backwards is a great contribution, highly recommended.”
- Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay
“An engaging and illuminating exploration of the invisible medical specialty that is anesthesia. We may seem to float effortlessly into an ether-world of unconsciousness during anesthesia, but Dr. Przybylo gives us a cockpit view of the human hands that pull the levers of our physiology. Counting Backwards pulls back the veil on the very act of being alive.”
- Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
“[A] vividly written, candid exploration . . . striking in content and quite moving. . . . A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity.”
About the Author
Henry Jay Przybylo, MD is an associate professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine. He also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. He lives in Chicago.
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