The History of Japanese Anesthesiology☆
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Highlights•Seishū Hanaoka successfully removed a breast tumor under general anesthesia in 1804.•Seishū Hanaoka spawned a generation of Japanese anesthetists.•In 1954, the forerunner to Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists was established.•The Japanese Museum of Anesthesiology opened in Kobe in 2011.•Kobe is surrounded by historical spots attracting tourists with medical profession.

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