Wright, M. Anesthesiology Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama In the late nineteenth-century, American anesthesia practice began a slow and difficult transition from its status as a stepchild of surgery to an independent medical specialty. This change paralleled the growing professionalism of clinical medicine and medical education in the United States after the Civil War. In , the first academically affiliated hospital opened at the University of Michigan. During the s, Harvard University President Charles Eliot brought reforms to the medical school there. Johns Hopkins opened its medical school in with its model of serious basic science instruction and extensive clinical experience.
Mere Amateurs: Early Interest in Physician Anesthesia in the U.S.
Top AS the number of physicians involved in the practice of anesthesia grew during the years between the world wars, small professional societies began to be organized to help disseminate information concerning advances in the field. In developing both their professional and public image, these early societies created organizational seals to symbolize the mission of their organization. The seal was ubiquitous, appearing on professional stationary, publications, advertisements in professional journals, and meeting announcements. Four basic types of symbolism were used in the creation of these seals: contemporary figures, Greco-Roman mythologic, conventional, and historical. Thereby, these insignias served multiple purposes and helped develop a sense of community amongst the early physician anesthetists. These seals also delivered a message about the importance of the physician specialist every time the seals were displayed, and they served as an identifying mark of professionalism in anesthesiology.
Go to the website, search "amateur transplants" and then select the "Anaesthetists Hymn Live. Everybody wonders what anesthetists do while the patient is asleep, Everybody wonders what we do for 3 hours while that machine goes beep, Everybody reckons we drink coffee and we gossip and we're generally subversive, Everybody reckons we do crosswords and sudoku and we chat up all the nurses, But do you really think that's all we do? Well let me tell you now it isn't true, Cause we sometimes check the screen, And every now and then we write stuff, And if we have to intervene, we inject a bit of white stuff, And we offer to alter the lights, or the height of the bed, or fiddle with the radio or change the CD We even check the patient occassionally, And if they move we turn up the vapor, And then we go back to reading the paper, Cause when the patients asleep we just sit and listen to the beep, we just sit and listen to the Once upon a time I took pride in my job, Now I think it's time to depart, Cause I just sit here everyday and listen to the blips of the heart.