The Cochin Anaesthesia Research Society, a vibrant group of anesthetists based in and around Kochi, organized the World Anesthesia Day celebrations on 16th October 2016 with an emphasis on pain management. October 16th is a much remembered day on which William Thomas Green Morton demonstrated surgical anaesthesia successfully, and thus conquered surgical pain.
The humanist cardiac surgeon, Dr Jose Chakko Periyappuram, the founder of the Heart Care Foundation of Cochin was the chief guest. (This organization partnered with Pallium India to conduct the musical event by the noted music director M Jayachandran at Cochin on 30 October 2016.)
The event saw the honoring of the senior anaesthesiologist Dr T.A Mohanan with a lifetime achievement award. The audience was reminded of Dr Morton’s legacy and the fact that anaesthesiologists have a duty not only to make the person unconscious during surgery but also to keep them as pain-free and comfortable as possible in the perioperative period.