Articles  |   October 2016
Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture – George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., to Present ‘America’s Doctor Anaesthetists (1862-1936): Turning a Tide of Asphyxiating Waves’
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  • Susan A. Vassallo, M.D.
    Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture Committee Past President, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
    Chair
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Pain Medicine / Pharmacology / Respiratory System / Articles
Articles   |   October 2016
Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture – George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., to Present ‘America’s Doctor Anaesthetists (1862-1936): Turning a Tide of Asphyxiating Waves’
ASA Monitor 10 2016, Vol.80, 22-24.
ASA Monitor 10 2016, Vol.80, 22-24.
The Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture is sponsored annually by the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) and honors the lecture’s namesake, who was a pioneer in American anesthesiology. Dr. Wright was committed to enhancing the stature of anesthesiology as a clinical science and as an advanced medical specialty. He was a founding member of the WLM Board of Trustees and later served as its president emeritus. In 1973, the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists endowed this lectureship to honor Dr. Wright, who died the following year.
This year’s distinguished guest is George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., Honorary Curator of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, and Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bause was born in Pennsylvania and, as the son of a military chaplain, lived in 12 homes in his first 20 years of life. Moving from Air Force base to Air Force base, George collected mementos along the way – a foreshadowing of things to come. Childhood accidents left him with contact and then scalding burns and unrelated minor surgeries left him with vivid memories of three anesthetic inductions. Perhaps these experiences inspired his interest in the science of pain relief. While the Bauses were stationed at Cape Canaveral and celebrating George’s 8th birthday on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassi-nated. The timing of that assassination steered George’s aspirations toward becoming a physician. George’s first major summer job involved moving furniture – and he acquired skills he would apply in packing anesthesia antiques and in driving the moving vans for cross-country exhibits created by the WLM.
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