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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Brodsky J. B., Lemmens H. J. M.
Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, USA
Today, thoracic surgeons routinely perform complex operations on even the most complicated patient. However, just 75 years ago the ability to operate within the chest was strictly limited to only the simplest and quickest procedures. The dramatic advances in the specialty of thoracic surgery have closely paralleled the introduction of new anesthetic practices, equipment and drugs. This review will identify major events in the history of anesthesia for thoracic surgery.