History of Indian Society of Anaesthesiology
idea to form a society of Anaesthetists originated at the centenary celebrations of ether anaesthesia held in Bombay in Oct
1946 after pioneer work of leading anaesthetics of Bombay which included Dr. F Saher And Dr. B.N. Sucar, the ISA was founded
in 1947. The first conference was held on 23rd to 24th Dec 1949 at Seth G.S. Medical Collage Bombay.
In 1953 the society started publishing its official journal
" Indian Journal of Anaesthesia": the first volume was published in July 1953 and it was yearly publication till 1957; Dr
MC Gangule was the 1st editor of the journal; the journal so being published quarterly since 1959.
The society is recognised as the recognised as the representative
body of the spectrally of Anaesthesia by govt. of India, State Government, medical council of India, Universities, National
academy of Medical sciences and others.
ISA National Histrory
In the year 1944, the Anaesthesiologists
attending a surgical conference at Mumbai (Bombay) thought of forming a common platform for exchange of scientific views,
which was consolidated in 1946 following "Ether Day" celebrations in October of that year. With the continued efforts of leading
Anaesthesiologists of India, the Indian Society Anaesthesiologists was born on 30th December 1947.
The Society started
as joint organisation with the Surgical-Obstetric Society of India. The founder members of the Society were Dr. Ambardekar
G.S. (Bombay), Dr. Bhargava V.B. (Bombay), Dr. Mehta J.G. (Bomaby), Dr. Talwalkar G.S. (Bombay), Dr. Barat H.G. (Calcutta),
Dr. Chatterjee S.K. (Calcutta), Dr. Sur P.B. (Calcutta), Dr. Bakshi S.K. (Delhi), Dr. Dhameja P.D. (Delhi), Dr. Satyendra
Singh (Delhi), Dr. Chandrasekhar N. (Madras), Dr. Prasad N. (Patna) and Dr. B.N.Sircar (Bombay). The torchbearers of the office
were Dr. M.N.Desai (President), Dr. B.N.Sircar (Hon Secretary) and Dr. G.S.Talwalkar (Hon. Treasurer), (1949-51).
The First Annual Conference of ISA through the combined society was held
on 23rd and 24th December 1949 at Seth G.S.Medical College, Bombay. The Society has been holding Annual Conferences regularly
from 27th to 30th December since 1949 until 1964 along with Association of the Surgeons of India.
The Indian Society of
Anaesthesiologists hosted the First Independent Annual National Conference at Hyderabad in 1965. Prof. Dr. T. C. Gray and
Prof. Dr. R. Macintosh from UK attended the first conference as special invitees of the Government of India.
1972 and 1997 were the Silver Jubilee and Golden jubilee years of the formation
of ISA respectively which were commemorated at Trivandrum (1972) and Delhi (1997). The Silver Jubilee & Golden Jubilee
Conferences were held in 1975 & 2002 at Madras & at Coimbatore (GOLDCON 2002) respectively.
In 1956 Indian Society
of Anaesthesiologists joined the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) as a founder member. In September
1978, the 5th Asian-Australasian Regional Congress was held at New Delhi and the Conference was inaugurated by the President
of India. The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programmes was started along with the Annual Conference in 1981 at Chandigarh
under WFSA initiatives (Dr. T.C.K. Brown). The South Asian Confederation of Anaesthesiologists (SACA) was formed in November
1991 and Dr. (Mrs). V.M.Divekar of ISA was selected as the first SACA President. SACA meets once in two years in one of the
member countries at Bangladesh / Sri Lanka / Pakistan / India / Nepal / Maldives. In 1999 Chennai (Madras) India, hosted the
fourth SACA meet.
The emblem was designed by Dr. Badola from Lucknow. The design was accepted
in 1964 and has been used as the logo since then. The emblem signifies "The patient's safety through unconsciousness" steered
by anaesthesiologists represented as mythical mermaids who have human intelligence and the skill of dolphin in swimming. The
waves represent unexpected emergencies, that arise in anaesthesia practice. The dark and light shades represent the sleep
and awake states. The mission commitment of the society is described as 'Eternal Vigilance' whether day or night further symbolising
with alternate shades. The serpents and rod represent the medical profession in which Anaesthesiology is broad based.
The flag, made of Satin silk, is blue on white and represents the medical
gases. On the blue background the emblem is placed in the center (diameter : 7.5 inches). The flag was designed in 1969.
ISA flag is hoisted on the day of inauguration of the Conference and lowered after the Valedictory function by the President