The role of the international anesthesia research society in the history of anesthesia

Douglas Craig, Michael Cahalan, Davy C.H. Cheng, Colleen G. Koch, Robert N. Sladen

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The 10-decade old, 14,000-member International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) was born and grew through the efforts of Francis McMechan (1879-1939) and his wife Laurette McMechan (1878-1970). By 1911, severe rheumatoid arthritis prevented McMechan from continuing his medical practice, and he turned his skills to the development of anesthesia organizations. In 1914, McMechan became editor of theQuarterly Supplement of Anesthesia and Analgesia. In 1919, he established the National Anesthesia Research Society (NARS) which in 1922, initiated publication ofCurrent Researches in Anesthesia and Analgesia. The IARS succeeded the NARS in 1925. In 1957, the Journal becameAnesthesia and Analgesia. Current Researches, and in 1979 it becameAnesthesia & Analgesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wondrous Story of Anesthesia
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781461484417
ISBN (Print)1461484405, 9781461484400
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anesthesia society history
  • Anesthesiology history
  • History of anesthesia society
  • International Anesthesia Research Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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