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Developing a specialty: J.S. Lundy's three major contributions to anesthesiology.
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PMID:  15217667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
John S. Lundy was able to accomplish three major goals during the early years of his stewardship of the section on anesthesia of the Mayo Clinic. In 1925, Lundy established the first anatomy lab at the Mayo Clinic. He believed that the lab would serve as a useful tool for teaching residents as well as research into regional anesthetic techniques. Second, Lundy desired to advance the science of anesthesiology. Lundy developed the concept of balanced anesthesia, pioneered the introduction of barbiturates to the practice of anesthesia, developed anesthesia section services for the use of ventilators, ventilator vests, oxygen tents, and nasal oxygen supplementation. Lastly, in 1935, he established the nation's first blood bank. Lundy and Ralph Tovell had the opportunity to do pioneering work in transfusion medicine, which led to an improvement in the quality of service, and patient safety. These three major accomplishments provided Lundy with abundant scientific material to present to the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago. These trips to Chicago allowed him to gain the ear of Olin West, Morris Fishbien, and James E. Pallin. Lundy was able to successfully lobby in 1939 for the creation of a section of anesthesia within the AMA. In 1940, Lundy's dream came true with the recognition of anesthesia as a specialty by the AMA.
Terry A Ellis; Bradly J Narr; Douglas R Bacon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical anesthesia     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0952-8180     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Anesth     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-25     Completed Date:  2004-11-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8812166     Medline TA:  J Clin Anesth     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  226-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anatomy / history
Anesthesiology / history*
Blood Banks / history
History, 20th Century
United States
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
John Silas Lundy

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