Malignant hyperthermia in the early days of pediatric anesthesia: an interview with anesthesiology pioneer, Dr. John F. Ryan

Michael R. King, Paul G. Firth, Myron Yaster, Zulfiqar Ahmed, Christine L. Mai

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Abstract

Dr. John F. Ryan (1935 - ), Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at the Harvard Medical School, influenced the careers of hundreds of residents and fellows-in-training while instilling in them his core values of resilience, hard work, and integrity. His authoritative textbook, A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children, remains as influential today as it did when first published decades ago. Although he had had many accomplishments, he identified his experiences caring for patients with malignant hyperthermia and characterizing the early discovery of this condition as his defining contribution to medicine. Based on a series of interviews with Dr. Ryan, this article reviews a remarkable career that coincides with the dawn of modern pediatric anesthetic practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-876
Number of pages6
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • dantrolene
  • John Ryan
  • malignant hyperpyrexia
  • malignant hyperthermia
  • pediatric anesthesia
  • porcine stress syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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