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Vivien Thomas, Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, Austin Lamont, and Merel Harmel: Lessons from History
Myron Yaster MD and Mark Rockoff MD
Kathleen Blake, Clyde W Yancy. Change the Name of the Blalock-Taussig Shunt to Blalock-Thomas-Taussig Shunt. JAMA Surg. 2022 Apr 1;157(4):287-288. PMID: 34964811
Reves, J. G. MD; Newman, Mark F. MD. Merel Harmel: Portrait of an Anesthesiology Pioneer. Anesthesia & Analgesia: February 2016; Volume 122:(2)539-541.
A Muravchick, H Rosenberg. Austin Lamont and the evolution of modern academic American anesthesiology. Anesthesiology. 1996 Feb;84(2):436-41. PMID: 8602676
The authors make a strong case for changing the name Blalock-Taussig (B-T) shunt (or modified B-T shunt (MBTS) to the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt or the modified Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt. The history of Vivien Thomas’s role as well as the anesthesiologists involved in the original “blue baby” (tetrology of fallot) is discussed and why changing the eponym matters.
Cryoablation for the Nuss procedure: Have we jumped the gun?
Myron Yaster MD and Lynne G. Maxwell MD
Vidya Chidambaran, Victor F Garcia, Rebeccah L Brown. Are We Ready for Cryoablation in Children Undergoing Nuss Procedures? Anesth Analg. 2022 Apr 1;134(4):881-884. PMID: 35299214
Is intercostal nerve cryoablation safe and effective in the perioperative management of the Nuss procedure? The authors urge caution.
A link to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law inaugural lecture celebrating Ron Litman, featuring Patrick Radden Keefe, renowned author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.