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Being “Snowed” in Anesthesiology

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Max, a paramedic in Dallas, Texas, says that in his line of work, the term snowed describes a patient whose level of drug intoxication is so high that they’re aware only of themselves. Snowed in this sense may stem from an analogy with the sensory deprivation resulting from white-out conditions in a blizzard. But another possibility is that it’s a reference to Dr. John Snow, a monumental figure in the field of anesthesiology. This is part of a complete episode.

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