Establishment of the Section on Anesthesiology by vote of the House of Delegates in 1940 represented the fruition of 35 years of work. It meant that anesthesia was recognized as a specialty. An impressive list of scientific papers and exhibits have been contributed at annual conventions. The advances in anesthesiology implied in these numerous contributions, and the corresponding gains for the safety of the surgical patient, are beyond calculation. Further tremendous advances are in prospect. New pharmaceuticals, equipment, and methods need to be developed, and the benefits of new techniques must be made available to every patient. Efforts to disseminate knowledge, to build understanding, and to attract qualified physicians into the specialty must be redoubled.
Smith SM. THE STORY OF THE SECTION ON ANESTHESIOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1957;165(8):939–942. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980260025005
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