4. Anesthesia: Don't Forget Your Chemistry

  1. Abhik Ghosh
  1. Jonathan L. Sessler1 and
  2. Daniel I. Sessler2

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch4

Letters to a Young Chemist

Letters to a Young Chemist

How to Cite

Sessler, J. L. and Sessler, D. I. (2011) Anesthesia: Don't Forget Your Chemistry, in Letters to a Young Chemist (ed A. Ghosh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, University Station A5300, Austin, TX 78712 USA

  2. 2

    Department of Outcomes Research, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Mail Code P77, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470390436

Online ISBN: 9781118007099



  • anesthesia, and don't forget your chemistry - how drugs work, chemical adventure in anesthetics, local and general anesthetics;
  • anesthetic potency, linear function of olive oil solubility - maintained over seven orders of magnitude;
  • hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity balance - clinical characteristics of opioid analgesics, pain reduction without reducing consciousness


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Local Anesthetics

  • Monitors

  • Gases

  • Complications

  • Acknowledgments

  • Further Reading