WLM ID: akio, akip | Catalog Record
In 1927, Dr. George P. Pitkin introduced his technique for "controllable" spinal anesthesia. He reported that some complications of spinal anesthesia, particularly a rapid drop in blood pressure, could be avoided by careful control over the patient's position on the operating table. He advocated use of the Trendelenburg position, in which the table is tilted so that the patient's head is somewhat lower than his heels. In 1929, Dr. Pitkin introduced his "tiltometer" to accurately gauge the degree of this change in position.