Journal of Anesthesia History is discontinued

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the authors, referees, and editors who contributed to the journal over past years. Published papers will remain available on ScienceDirect.

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Journal of Anesthesia History


The Journal of Anesthesia History (ISSN 2352-4529) is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the study of anesthesia history and related disciplines. The Journal addresses anesthesia history from antiquity to the present. Its wide scope includes the history of perioperative care, pain medicine, critical care medicine, physician and nurse practices of anesthesia, equipment, drugs, and prominent individuals. The Journal serves a diverse audience of physicians, nurses, dentists, clinicians, historians, educators, researchers and academicians.


About AHA


The Anesthesia History Association (AHA), a scholarly organization founded in 1982, serves the community by providing a forum for discussion, encouraging research, stimulating educational improvement and cooperating with other groups in matters relating to anesthesia history.





About the Editors

Editor in Chief

Dr. David B. Waisel

David B. Waisel, M.D., was appointed editor of the Journal of Anesthesia History in 2011. Dr. Waisel is a Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He is a Trustee of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) and has served as an officer of the Anesthesia History Association (AHA). Among his many accolades, Dr. Waisel has been awarded both the WLM's Paul M. Wood Fellowship and the AHA’s David M. Little, Jr. Prize. In addition to his interests in the history of medicine, Dr. Waisel is renowned internationally as an expert in medical ethics.

Editor Spotlight


THEODORE A. ALSTON, MD, PhD, is an Associate Anesthetist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School. His PhD in Biochemistry is for work in enzymology, and he has a special interest in chemistry in the history of anesthesia. Generally hooked on the history of science, Ted is a feature writer for Astronomy Ireland magazine.



2020 David Zuck Memorial Prize winner announced!

Congratulations to Dr. Adam Keys for winning the 2020 David Zuck Memorial Prize of the History of Anaesthesia Society (UK) for 2019's best journal article on the history of anesthesia!

“Dr Ian Hamilton McDonald, MB BS, DA, FANZCA: The evolution of paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne” in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

Read the inaugural 2017 Zuck prizewinner by the Journal of Anesthesia History's Founding Deputy Editor, George Bause M.D., M.P.H. here.

2019 David M. Little, Jr., Prize Winner

Winner of the Journal Article Prize
JAH Editor Peter J. Featherstone, MB BCh, BSc, (Hons), MRCP (UK), FRCA, FFICM.

Improvised Anesthesia, Surgery, and Resuscitation in Far East Prisoner of War Camps, 1942 to 1945. Int Anesthesiol Clin. Spring 2018;56(2):3-18. doi: 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000183.

The Earliest-known Extant Motion Picture of Anesthesia

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