The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Contributions to the Development of Anesthesiology

Abstract

Eight Brooklyn physicians and a medical student founded the Long Island Society of Anesthetists (LISA) on 6 October 1905. LISA became the New York Society of Anesthetists (NYSA), and in 1936, in pursuit of AMA recognition, became the American Society of Anesthetists (ASA). The AMA rejected the ASA’s effort. Two highly respected anesthesia leaders, John Lundy and Ralph Waters, asked the American Board of Surgery (ABS) to recognize the American Board of Anesthesia (ABA) as a sub-board. The ABA gained recognition in 1937 and the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties approved this action in 1938.

Keywords

American Society of Anesthesiologists History of anesthesia World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists Anesthesiology journal history 

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© Edmond I Eger, MD 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CamarilloUSA

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