Curare: Arrow Poison to Anaesthesia
This talk is the second in a series commemorating the 75th
year of Anaesthesia, the journal of
the Association of Anaesthetists.
The greatest development in anaesthesia in the first decade
of this publication was the introduction of curare. Join Ann Ferguson as she
guides us through the history and use of curare in South America, and its
subsequent introduction into medicine and later anaesthesia.
About the speaker
Ann Ferguson is a retired consultant anaesthetist and Honorary
Secretary of the History of Anaesthesia Society. Ann has a particular interest
in curare and its history. She has travelled to the Amazon Basin twice, where
she was able to learn from the locals about curare arrow poisons and their use.
She spent a research year in Montreal studying reversal of these types of
drugs. Ann also has a Diploma of the History of Medicine from the Society of
Apothecaries, and gave the Osler Lecture on her research into the History of
This session will be held on Zoom. You will be emailed the
joining details the day before the event.