One of the most widely known mnemonics in medicine is ABC: Airway, breathing and circulation. This is the cornerstone in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and central to our role as anesthesiologists. Despite this, many physicians still fail to understand the full scope of our practice, often joking that in anesthesia, ABC stands for airway, book and chair. Perhaps anesthesiology is a misunderstood field because anesthesiologists work alone in operating rooms and are not as visible as other physicians in the hospital. While other specialties incorporate oral presentations and discuss clinical plans in large teams, anesthesiologists often work independently and silently. Our anesthetic record is technically part of the medical record but is rarely seen by other physicians. Because anesthesiology is not a mandatory clerkship in most medical schools, it is not hard to imagine why other physicians do not fully understand...

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