The Role of the International Anesthesia Research Society in the History of Anesthesia

  • Douglas Craig
  • Michael Cahalan
  • Davy C. H. Cheng
  • Colleen G. Koch
  • Robert N. Sladen


The 10-decade old, 14,000-member International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) was born and grew through the efforts of Francis McMechan (1879–1939) and his wife Laurette McMechan (1878–1970). By 1911, severe rheumatoid arthritis prevented McMechan from continuing his medical practice, and he turned his skills to the development of anesthesia organizations. In 1914, McMechan became editor of theQuarterly Supplement of Anesthesia and Analgesia. In 1919, he established the National Anesthesia Research Society (NARS) which in 1922, initiated publication ofCurrent Researches in Anesthesia and Analgesia. The IARS succeeded the NARS in 1925. In 1957, the Journal becameAnesthesia and Analgesia…Current Researches, and in 1979 it becameAnesthesia & Analgesia.


International Anesthesia Research Society Anesthesiology history History of anesthesia society Anesthesia society history 



The authors wish to thank Laura Kuhar of the IARS staff and the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology for their help in providing material for this review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Craig
    • 1
  • Michael Cahalan
    • 2
  • Davy C. H. Cheng
    • 3
  • Colleen G. Koch
    • 4
  • Robert N. Sladen
    • 5
  1. 1.Departments of AnesthesiaUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative MedicineUniversity of Western Ontario, London Health Science Centre & St Joseph’s Health CareLondonCanada
  4. 4.Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (J-4)Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  5. 5.Division of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology, PH 527-BCollege of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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