Philip Sechzer, 1914-2004

Born: New York City, United States of America

Medical education: New York University

Achievements: Pioneer in anaesthesiology and pain management.

Invented patient-controlled analgesia (PCA).

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Director of Anesthesiology and of the Pain Therapy Centre at the Maimonides Medical Centre in Brooklyn

One of the first western physicians to incorporate Eastern medicine, and worked to legitimise acupuncture.

Interesting facts: He was a Major in the US Army Air Force Medical Corps during the Second World War

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