Introduction

a. Have you ever undergone surgery? If you have, you can readily appreciate the importance of drugs used during surgery. This group of agents is widely used. The agents within the group differ widely in their uses and indications. This lesson will focus on this group of drugs with the intent of giving you a background in this important area.

b. In days gone by, various substances (that is, whiskey) were used to "put the patient to sleep" during surgery. As surgical procedures became increasingly sophisticated, the need for better anesthetic agents became more apparent. Today, general anesthetic agents comprise an important group of pharmacological agents. Their use promotes patient welfare. This section of the subcourse will discuss this important group of agents.

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