*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

CANCELLED While You Were Sleeping: What Really Happens During Anesthesia

This course will introduce participants to the history of anesthetic care, describe the major turning points in its evolution since 1847, and finish with a discussion of the latest “hot button” issues that are being addressed in the media and in recent scientific research. If you have had a less than ideal experience in the past or have a morbid fear of being anesthetized in the future, hopefully the material discussed will help answer your questions and put your fears to rest. The major emphasis of modern anesthetic research is on making anesthesia as safe and as pleasant as possible and the major advances in safety will be covered in detail.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Bedford was educated at Princeton, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anesthesiology. He is a retired professor at UVA and taught this specialty to pre-med undergraduates, medical students, residents, and faculty for more than 40 years. This will be his 6th year teaching this course for OLLI.

Required Reading:

None

Recommended Reading:

Dr. Bedford will send out PDF copies of relevant scientific articles to all course participants a week ahead of time for each session. 

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B80 Robert Bedford May 4, 11, 18 Th 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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