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Recording available until 31 December 2026


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Members and non-members: £5.00

Medical student: £3.75

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This talk will explore the history of drugs and techniques available to minimise pain before the introduction of conventional anaesthetics. It will examine patients' attitudes to surgery without pain relief, and the growing pressure from society to improve surgical care in the nineteenth century.

This is a recording of a previous event, which will be sent to you after you complete your booking.


Dr Robert Feneck is a retired Consultant Anaesthetist at St Thomas’ Hospital, and Kings College London where he was deputy head of exams in the school of medicine. Dr Rob Feneck retired from clinical practice in 2014, having been a cardiothoracic anaesthetist since 1981, initially at the London Chest Hospital and latterly at St Thomas’ Hospital. He retired from academic practice at Kings College, London in 2016, but is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the department of Medical Education.

Dr Feneck was formerly Chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA), President of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (EACTA), and President of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland. Rob is 
currently a volunteer with the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre.