Articles  |   August 2013
My First Anesthetic
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D
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Ambulatory Anesthesia / Pain Medicine / Pediatric Anesthesia / Articles
Articles   |   August 2013
My First Anesthetic
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
Do you remember your first anesthetic? My first anesthetic was one that I received for an inguinal hernia. It was late summer, in 1971. My family had been in Mainz, Germany, where my father had been teaching anesthesiology at Gutenberg University. He was also studying the trauma ambulance system there, but that is another story.
While in Germany, I was in the sixth grade. Sometime during that year, I developed an indirect inguinal hernia. It was always easily reducible, so we waited until we were back home in the U.S. to have it repaired. The surgery took place in that summer between sixth and seventh grades.
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