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From Clover to computer. Towards programmed anaesthesia?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Anaesthesia
Publication Date
Volume
34
Issue
2
Pages
163–172
Identifiers
PMID: 375770
Source
Medline

Abstract

The control of depth of anaesthesia has been viewed as a control-system problem the solution of which can involve both feedback and feedforward techniques. The nature of the problem in Clover's day and the solutions he found have been examined. A similar analysis has been made in respect of the modern anaesthetist. Finally, the way in which computers may aid the anaesthetist in his task has been illustrated by reference to various attempts reported from around the world and, in particular, by describing the development in Cardiff of a system which should produce, in the brain of the patient, any tension of an inhaled anaesthetic which the anaesthetist chooses to specify.

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