Anesthesiology chair’s new book explores leadership principles
Dr. Berend Mets, chair of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, published his second book, “Leadership in Anesthesia: Five Pioneers of the Deadly Quest for Surgical Insensibility,” on Oct. 1.
The book details the history of the practice of anesthesiology through the biographies of five leaders in the field – Drs. William Morton, John Snow, Arthur Guedel, Virginia Apgar and Bjorn Ibsen. Mets also examines principles of leadership and uses the biographies of the five pioneers to explore how those qualities manifest differently in different people, contexts and circumstances.
“I liken leadership to beauty,” Mets said. “Obvious when you see it but often difficult to describe. Leadership manifests differently in different individuals as a consequence of their circumstances and contexts, but nevertheless can flourish.”
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