To the Editor:
I am long retired from the practice of anesthesiology and, admittedly, no longer read our journal, Anesthesiology, from cover to cover. However, from time to time, I look at some of the titles to see what topics may still be of interest to me.
Recently, I found two articles in Anesthesiology, June 2016 (vol. 124, no. 6) that captured my attention and that I read and reread with great interest and genuine pleasure.
The first article is the special article by Drs. Johnstone and Fleischer1 on a 1966 anesthetic by Robert D. Dripps, M.D. Why did it capture my attention? BECAUSE I WAS THERE! In the early 1960s (1963 to 1965), I was a resident in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, under the chairmanship of Dr. Dripps. Reading the article brought back many fond memories of Dr. Dripps (respectfully known by many of the residents as The Dripper!) and of the residency he created. It was indeed an “Ivory Tower” of academic anesthesiology, and I am forever grateful to have been at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania during those early years.
The second article that I allude to is Epiglottitis: It Hasn’t Gone Away, by Lichtor et al.,2 in the Clinical Concepts and Commentary section. I have always had an interest in acute epiglottitis. Why? BECAUSE I DID IT! In 1967, I submitted a case report to the journal Pediatrics describing the management of acute epiglottitis with prolonged nasotracheal intubation in a 4-yr-old child.3 I was then a staff anesthesiologist at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital (Portsmouth, Virginia), fresh out of residency. Little did I know at the time that this would be the first reported use of nasotracheal intubation in lieu of tracheotomy for acute epiglottitis! It is gratifying to know that my case report is still being referenced in today’s literature, almost 50 years after its publication.
The author declares no competing interests.