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Open Access Highly Accessed Correspondence

A bibliometric search of citation classics in anesthesiology

Ravi S Tripathi12*, James M Blum3, Thomas J Papadimos4 and Andrew L Rosenberg3

Author Affiliations

1 University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology, 1H247 UH, SPC 5048, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5048, USA

2 The Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology, 410 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA

3 University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology, 1H247 UH, SPC 5048, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-5048, USA

4 The Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology, 410 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210, USA

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BMC Anesthesiology 2011, 11:24  doi:10.1186/1471-2253-11-24

Published: 12 December 2011

Abstract

Background

Articles cited counts are catalogued and help identify landmark papers. This study provides a citation classics of anesthesiology literature using the framework of subspecialties to provide a review of well-developed areas of research in anesthesiology.

Methods

A comprehensive list of the most-cited articles in anesthesia was compiled using a bibliometric database and general search terms such as "anesthesia" as well as subspecialty-specific search terms. Queries were reviewed for relevance to anesthesiology practice, categorized by subspecialty, and ranked according to their citation counts.

Results

The database resulted in 2519 articles published between 1945 and 2008. The specialty areas most represented were chronic pain medicine (11%), pharmacology (9%), and pain sciences (9%).

Conclusions

This citations classic allows for advances in anesthesiology and its subspecialties to be highlighted as well to provide useful manuscripts to guide patient care, direct future research, and serve as sources for future academic pursuit.