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Name  Ralph Waters
Died  1979

Born  1883Bloomfield, Ohio
Education  Case Western Reserve University

Ralph Milton Waters (1883-1979) was an American anesthesiologist known for introducing professionalism into the practice of anesthesia.

Medical career

Waters attended Western Reserve University Medical School and started a private practice focusing on obstetrics in Sioux City, Iowa upon graduation. Eventually, he turned the attention of his practice to anesthesia. In 1919, he published the landmark paper, “Why The Professional Anesthetist,” describing the inadequacies of anesthetic practices across the country.

By 1927, his reputation had grown such that he was recruited as a professor at the University of Wisconsin. There, he set up the country's first separate department of anesthesia at a medical school and established a resident training program in anesthesia.

Among his contributions to the field were the development of the gas cyclopropane for clinical use, the carbon dioxide absorption method, and endobronchial anesthesia for thoracic surgery.

Waters was instrumental in outsourcing his resident training model to other universities and hospitals, including Bellevue Hospital, where he sent his assistant, Emery Rovenstine in 1935; and the University of Pennsylvania, where his protege Robert Dripps implemented the model.

References

Ralph M. Waters Wikipedia


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