What does an employee handbook have to do with surgical anesthesia? Yes, they both put you to sleep; but that’s not what I’m getting at. Surgical anesthesia came onto the scene back in the early 1800’s—about the same time that antiseptics arrived. The one caught on quickly—doctors loved anesthesia—but the other didn’t. Why? Because surgical anesthesia solved an immediate and visible problem, while antiseptics solved an invisible problems (germs) and the effects of antiseptics were not immediate.
My first experience as a law student was the law library. I walked into it and saw one whole floor of books full of laws, cases, and regulations. I was overwhelmed. Then I found out there were four more floors of books and thought to myself, “that’s ridiculous.”
I once asked my daughter, “how did you sleep last night?” She was about three-years-old at the time. She looked at me with a confused look and said, “well, I laid down in my bed and I closed my eyes and I went to sleep.” I guess she took my question literally. Of course that’s not what I meant, but it was cute nonetheless.
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