A study of the deaths associated with anesthesia and surgery: based on a study of 599, 548 anesthesias in ten institutions 1948-1952, inclusive.

  title={A study of the deaths associated with anesthesia and surgery: based on a study of 599, 548 anesthesias in ten institutions 1948-1952, inclusive.},
  author={Henry Knowles Beecher and Donald P. Todd},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  volume={140 1},
This study determines as accurately as possible the death rate (and why deaths occurred) attributable to anesthesia whether due to agent or technique or to their misapplications and thus to assess the responsibility of the anesthetist in the total care of the surgical patient when failure occurred. 599548 patients on the surgical services of 10 participating hospitals who received anesthesia were studied. There were 7977 deaths in this group (Table 26). There was also an additional group of… Expand
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