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December 11, 1948


Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn.

JAMA. 1948;138(15):1071-1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900150001001

Rather than discuss in general terms the present status or future of the specialty, I have elected to report on progress in anesthesiology within the Veterans Administration. It seemed that this occasion was an auspicious one to outline developments in a governmental organization where revolutionary changes in practice have occurred within the last two years. Prior to the appointment of General Omar N. Bradley as Administrator and Major General Paul R. Hawley as Chief Medical Director, medical organization within the agency had improved little since World War I. Throughout the years between World War I and II neither physicians nor technicians specializing in anesthesiology were employed on a full time basis.

With the enactment of Public Law 293 by the Seventy-Ninth Congress on Jan. 3, 1946, establishing a department of medicine and surgery in the Veterans Administration, the foundation was laid for a far reaching reorganization of facilities for medical

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