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The Role and Purpose of Anesthesia Museums in Preserving our Heritage

Published:April 06, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janh.2015.02.008
      “If the science of medicine is not to be lowered to the rank of a mere mechanical profession, it must pre-occupy itself with its history. The pursuit of the development of the human mind, this is the role of the historian. Paul-Émile Littré—French lexicographer, linguist, and medical historian.”
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      In this issue of JAH, Kikuchi et al
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      • Desai S.P.
      The Japanese museum of anesthesiology in Kobe, Japan.
      describe the journey traveled by the Japanese Society of Anesthesiology in establishing a world-class museum together with an archives facility and library. The Japanese Society is to be congratulated on the rapid progress they have made in documenting their history since the establishment of their archives in 2009 and subsequently becoming the first specialty in Japan to establish a museum dedicated to a single medical specialty. Like many museums, their storage facilities are inadequate, and they share the problem of anesthesia equipment of historical or future historical interest being thrown away because of ignorance and/or inadequate storage space in hospitals.
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          In 2009, the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists (JSA) founded the Archives of JSA, which changed into the Japanese Museum of Anesthesiology in 2011. The museum consists of three sections: (1) archives (the collection of historical documents of the JSA), (2) museum (the collection of anesthetic equipment and its related things), and (3) library (the collection of books, journals, leaflets, and related materials). By January 2013, the collections included 2537 Japanese and 1569 foreign language books.
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