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Answered 2007-09-05 19:32:11

An anaesthesiologist is a Doctor Who specializes in administering anesthesia, which is a drug used for patients in surgery that creates the loss of sensation, either partially or fully. This doctor is responsible for managing the patient before, during and after surgery.

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