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Anesthesiology. 2013 May;118(5):1019-27. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318286d0e2.

Military anesthesia trainees in WWII at the University of Wisconsin: their training, careers, and contributions.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, USA. cparks@uwhealth.org

Abstract

The emerging medical specialty of anesthesiology experienced significant advances in the decade prior to World War II but had limited numbers of formally trained practitioners. With war looming, a subcommittee of the National Research Council, chaired by Ralph M. Waters, MD., was charged with ensuring sufficient numbers of anesthesiologists for military service. A 12-week course was developed to train military physicians at academic institutions across the country, including the Wisconsin General Hospital. A total of 17 officers were trained in Madison between September 1942 and December 1943. Notably, Virgil K. Stoelting, the future chair of anesthesiology at Indiana University, was a member of this group.A rigorous schedule of study and clinical work ensured the officers learned to administer anesthesia safely while using a variety of techniques. Their leadership and contributions in the military and after the war contributed significantly to the further growth of anesthesiology.

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