History of Anesthesia With Emphasis on the Nurse Specialist

Virginia S. Thatcher, former editor at the Cleveland Clinic, became AANA full-time managing editor and public relations director in November 1946. A written history of nurse anesthesia was approved at the 1947 Annual Meeting, and the resulting work was Thatcher’s History of Anesthesia with Emphasis on the Nurse Specialist. The book was published in 1953 and has long since been out-of-print. The Archives-Library learned that the book's copyright had not been renewed. Since it was now in the public domain, the Archives-Library arranged for Thatcher's important work to be digitized and made available to AANA members, nurse anesthesia students, and the general public.

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Part II: Toward a New Science
Chapter 10: Clinical Anesthesia: 1950
Chapter 11: Research Goals 
Part III: Organized Nurse Anesthesia
Chapter 12: Foundation
Chapter 13: Organization
Chapter 14: Legislation
Chapter 15: Education
Chapter 16: Examination
Chapter 17: Accreditation