John J. Bonica, 1917-1994 - Virtual Archives
Dr. John J. Bonica was a pioneer in the field of pain research. He initiated an interdisciplinary approach to pain management as early as 1950 and was primarily responsible for the foundation of the International Association for the Study of Pain and authorship of the premier textbook on the subject, The Management of Pain. He was both a clinical and
a teaching anesthesiologist in the U. S. Army, at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington state, and at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he founded the world's first multidisciplinary pain control clinic. In addition, Dr. Bonica was a sought-after speaker, visiting professor, and author (not to mention former light heavyweight wrestling champion of the world).
The focus of this virtual archives is the finding aid to Dr. Bonica's papers, which are housed with the UCLA Biomedical Library's History & Special Collections division as part of the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection. You may learn more about Dr. Bonica and his wife Emma through the resources on this site. Please take the time to look at the pictures in the photo gallery and read some of the articles in order to gain a full appreciation of this remarkable man, his incredible contributions to medicine and the human condition, and the woman he always considered his driving force.