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To the Editor:—
A few men are still living who gave anesthetics in the late years of the nineteenth century. I know some personally, among them Dr. Ferguson, living in South Orange, N. J., approaching his ninetieth year; others are out of my sight but in my heart. To bring both the living, our Silver Greys, and the dead who were the pioneers into the ken of that ever increasing host which is the American Society of Anesthetists, Inc., has become my task at the direction of the parent society. Of the three societies which were organized long ago, the London one was absorbed by the British Medical Association, the Scottish one is still active and the American is—well it is growing. But now what of earlier times and the men into whose labors we have entered? If you are an ancestor or an early son please write to me
Erdmann AF. EARLY HISTORY OF ANESTHESIOLOGY. JAMA. 1941;116(13):1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130138030