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Ask The Professor - How Anesthesia Works

Ask The Professor - How Anesthesia Works
Emory BrownImagine going into surgery and, instead of anesthesia, the doctor offered you a shot of whiskey and stick to bite on! Well, that’s just about how it was done before William Morton demonstrated the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic at Mass. General Hospital on October 16h, 1846. Shortly thereafter, Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the term anesthesia — and a new medical field was born, helping make the modern practice of medicine possible. Still, anesthesia — and how it works — is not well understood, even to the practitioners themselves. To help clear some of the fog, we’re going to Ask the Professor. Dr. Emery Neal Brown, is a professor at Harvard and MIT, he is also an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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