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Editor's Corner

The Pediatric Anesthesiology meeting this year was a great success. The weather was beautiful breaking the curse that has plagued us for the last few years. Drs. David Polaner and Jennifer Krupp have written excellent reviews of the sessions, which I hope will whet your appetites for future meetings.

Members of the editorial staff for the newsletter suggested mini-topic reviews in addition to our usual literature reviews. Two such reviews are presented in this issue.

Dr. Sam Golden has summarized and commented on recent papers examining the type of anesthesia used in former premature infants undergoing inguinal hernia repair (printed newsletter-PNL) and Dr. Julianne Bascik has done the same for Testing for Malignant Hyperthermia (web-based newsletter - WBNL).

The Fellows Corner edited by Dr. Jeffrey Galinkin is in the WBNL this month and contains the answers to some provoking questions posed by fellows and potential fellows.

Finally we have our usual selection of excellent literature reviews (thank you Drs. Mancuso, Algren, Khambatta and Gooden).

I also wanted to mention an excellent review article from Paediatric Anaesthesia by P.D. Booker titled Pharmacologic Support for Children with Myocardial Dysfunction (Vol. 12, Jan. 2002, pages 5-25). This paper was not formally reviewed in this issue, but is definitely worth a look. It concentrates on the physiology, pathology and age-related changes in the normal pediatric cardiovascular system, as well as in the critically ill pediatric patient.

As always, any ideas, contributions and contributors are welcome— please let me know if you're interested. In the next issue we are hoping to present an update on the Journal Anesthesia & Analgesia by Dr. Greeley as well as another Point/Counterpoint .

Rita Agarwal, MD
The Children's Hospital/ University of Colorado Health Science Center
Denver, CO

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