Each year the Anesthesia History Association awards David M. Little, Jr. Prizes for the best original works on anesthesia history published the previous year in English in each of three categories: books, journal articles, and audio-visual media. The prize is named after Dr. David M. Little, Jr. (1920-1981), longtime Chair of Anesthesia at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. For many years Dr. Little wrote the “Classical File” series of history columns for the Survey of Anesthesiology.. Awards are announced each October at the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Anesthesia History Association during the ASA Annual Meeting.
The awards in the current year are for works published in the previous calendar year. The deadline for nominations is September 1, and should be sent electronically to: George S. Bause, M.D. at UJYC@aol.com
The Heritage of Anesthesia:
WINNER OF THE JOURNAL ARTICLE PRIZE
For their series of historical articles honoring
Mrs. Laurette McMechan and Drs. Francis McMechan, Howard Dittrick, T. H. Seldon,
Nicholas Greene, and Ronald Miller:
WINNER OF THE OTHER MEDIA PRIZE
For audiovisual excellence in coordinating videotaped interviews for Year 2012 for:
Laughing and Crying About Anesthesia:
WINNER OF THE JOURNAL ARTICLE PRIZE
Remembering Patrick P. Sim, M.L.S. (1939-2010):
JOURNAL ARTICLE PRIZE - HONORABLE MENTION
The Leech airway or pharyngeal bulb gasway.
The Daguerreotypes of Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes.
Anesthesiology 2010; 113: 13-26
HONORABLE MENTIONEarly Misconceptions About Nitrous Oxide, an “Invigorating” Asphyxiant.
Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2010; 22: 59-63
The Westminster Medical Society 1809-1850.
History of Anaesthesia Society Proceedings 2010; 42: 9-25.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada: York Point Publishing, 2009
[NOTE: “In association with Alan Sessler, Francis Whalen and Tuhin Roy”]
HONORABLE MENTION“Anesthesiology Reflections.”
Anesthesiology Numerous issues in 2009
After the 2009 Little Prize was awarded, the editors of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care brought to our attention a special note concerning the winning entry found at Anaesth Intensive Care 2009; 37 (Suppl 1): 5. The Little Prize Committee has reviewed this notice and believes the quality of the remaining undisputed work is sufficient to warrant the Prize.Australian Society of Anaesthetists, Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Anesthesia and Intensive Care Vol. 36, Supplement 1, July 2008.
Enduring Contributions of Henry K. Beecher to Medicine, Science, and Society. Kluwer/Lippincott, 2007-2008
[International Anesthesiology Clinics] v. 45, no. 4 and v. 46, no. 1]
HONORABLE MENTIONCanadian contributions to the introduction and use of divinyl ether. Can J Anaesth. 2008 Dec;55(12):853-8
Centennial of intravenous regional anesthesia. Bier's Block (1908-2008). Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2008 Sep-Oct;33(5):483-9.
Infrared measurement of carbon dioxide in the human breath: "breathe-through" devices from Tyndall to the present day Anesth Analg. 2008 Sep;107(3):890-904.
A tribute to Dr. Paul A. J. Janssen: entrepreneur extraordinaire, innovative scientist, and significant contributor to anesthesiology. Anesth Analg. 2008 Feb;106(2):451-62.
HONORABLE MENTIONThe effect of the First World War (1914 - 1918) on the development of British anaesthesia. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2007 Aug; 24 (8) : 649 - 57.
The history of anesthesia for thoracic surgery. Minerva Anestesiol. 2007 Oct; 73 (10) ; 513 - 24. Epub 2007 Mar 27. Review.
Sir Ivan Magill: the right physscian in the right place at the right time. J Trauma. 2007 Apr; 62 (4) : 1056 - 9.
A history of caesarean section: from ancient world to the modern era. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Oct ; 47 (5) : 357 - 61.
HONORABLE MENTIONMethoxyflurane revisited: tale of an anesthetic from cradle to grave. Anesthesiology. 2006 Jun;104(6):1329-35
Anesthesiology. 2006 Oct;105(4):843-6
Written in granite: a history of the Ether Monument and its significance for anesthesiology. Anesthesiology. 2006 Oct;105(4):838-42
Pentothal Postcards. West New York, NJ: Mark Blatty 2005. 190pp.
HONORABLE MENTIONThe evolution of thoracic anesthesia. Thorac Surg Clin. 2005 Feb;15(1):1-10.
Pediatric anesthesia historical perspective. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America. 23(4):573-95, vii, 2005 Dec
HONORABLE MENTIONHistory of anesthetic practice. In: Miller RD, ed. Miller’s Anesthesia. 6th ed. Churchill Livingstone 2004, pp 3-52
The history of spinal needles: getting to the point. Anaesthesia. 2004 Dec;59(12):1231-41 Postdural puncture headache and the development of the epidural blood patch. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2004 Mar-Apr;29(2):136-63 A historical perspective on use of the laryngoscope as a tool in anesthesiology. Anesthesiology. 2004 Apr;100(4):1003-6
HONORABLE MENTIONChloroform: The Quest for Oblivion. Sutton Publishing, 2003
Norman's war: Norman B. Kornfield, M.D., World War II physician-anesthetist. Anesthesiology. 2003 Apr;98(4):995-1003
History of the development and evolution of local anesthesia since the coca leaf. Anesthesiology. 2003Jun;98(6):1503-8
Modern chemical warfare: a history. Bull Anesth Hist. 2004 Apr;22(2):1, 4-7, 15.
p class="type">HONORABLE MENTION John Lundy, Emery Rovenstine, and the Mayo Clinic: the spread of regional anesthesia in America between the World Wars. J Clin Anesth 14:315-320, 2002
Why did Humphry Davy and associates not pursue the pain-alleviating effects of nitrous oxide? J Hist Med Allied Sci 57(2):161-176, April 2002
Priestley, the furious free thinker of the enlightenment, and Scheele, the taciturn apothecary of Uppsala. ActaAnaesth Scand 46:2-9, 2002
HONORABLE MENTIONClarence J. Durshordwe, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists: the last true disciple of Francis Hoeffer McMechan. Anesth Analg 92:1349-1354, 2001
Pioneers in epidural needle design. Anesth Analg 93:215-220, 2001
Vesuvius, and the idea of surgical anesthesia. J Med Biog 9:220-225, 2001
HONORABLE MENTIONThe versatile August Bier (1861-1949)., father of spinal anesthesia. J Clin Anesth 12:561-569, 2000
Prelude to pancuronium and vecuronium. Anaesthesia 55:551-556, 2000
The inventions of John Blease. Br J Anaesth 85:928-935, 2000
Pioneer Chinese anesthesiologists: American influeneces. Anesthesiology 93:256-264, 2000
HONORABLE MENTIONThe history of drug delivery and spinal narcosis. In: Yaksh TL, ed. Spinal Drug Delivery. New York: Elsevier 1999, pp 1-41
Development of academic anaesthesia in the United Kingdom up to the end of 1998. Br J Anaesth 83:916-932, 1999
Continuous Spinal Anesthesia: A Continuous History? Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 24(5): 453-457
HONORABLE MENTION"Anaesthesia in the 1920s," British Journal of Anaesthesia 80:96-103, 1998
HONORABLE MENTION"The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists: McMechan's final legacy?" Anesthesia and Analgesia 84:1130-1135, 1997
"Ether Day and the first ether anesthetic in South Africa." South African Journal of Surgery 35:54-58, 1997
"Dr. Charles Thomas Jackson's aphasia." Journal of Medical Biography 5:228-231, 1997
"My beloved chloroform:" attitudes to childbearing in colonial Queensland. Social History of Medicine 10:437-457, 1997